Haven't seen my elderly neighbor for a few days. Time to worry?
August 14, 2014 9:40 AM Subscribe
We have an elderly neighbor on our block that hasn't been seen for 4-5 days. What's the next step?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Grab Bag (56 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
There is an elderly woman (I think she's 86) living by herself two doors down from us. I've chatted with her before and she's fairly active and still gets around. I don't know her very well though and I don't have contact info for her. There is a granddaughter who comes by to help her out and I'm pretty sure I saw her last weekend sweeping up around the house. The neighbors between her house and our house are out of town since Saturday and I've been going over to their house every day to feed their cats. They may have contact info but won't be home until tomorrow evening.
Her trash bins were out on Sunday since pickup is Monday morning. They have not been brought in yet (Thursday) and typically she does that the same day. Her car is parked in front of her house and received a parking ticket on Tuesday since it was street cleaning day. Typically she is like clockwork in moving her car and often parks in her garage anyway.
I wouldn't have made much note of any of this if her next door neighbors on the other side of her hadn't come over wondering if we'd seen her on Tuesday. They pointed out the trash bins and the parking ticket and said this was all highly unusual for her. They don't have contact info for her either.
The eldery neighbor has had health issues before including a heart problem that hospitalized her briefly last year. After chatting I suggested that maybe we should call the police and have them do a wellness check. They did and the police came over, rang the doorbell, looked in any windows they could (it was dark so they used flashlights) but the house was totally dark and quiet.
So yes, she could have gone away for the week. Do we just wait and see? I can't think of anything else we should be doing. Either she's away and will come back at some point (or not) or she's deceased in the house, right? But in any of these cases, there's not a clear next step than just to wait?
The last bit of weirdness is that as of yesterday morning (the morning after the wellness check), there was a small bag of groceries including half of a quart of milk (opened), some pita bread, and a mango and maybe something else in it at the top of the stairs to her house. Still there this morning.