As providers of a service that requires us to enter people’s homes, I am sure we have all come across living conditions that are a cause for concern. I recently did an inspection that made me stop in my tracks. Once I completed the inspection I called several charitable organizations to make a request for help on behalf of the resident.
Not to go into too much detail, but this was an elderly man (late 80’s) who recently lost his wife to cancer. The house was built in 1920 and was literally falling apart around him. He spent his life savings on his wife’s health care and doesn’t have the physical ability or funds to fix anything. His living conditions were pathetic with no way to cook food other than a hot plate because none of the appliances were working.
I’m not asking for any help in this case. We have gotten many organizations involved and we are all in the process of helping him. What I was wondering is if anyone knows of a one stop list that we (inspectors) can go to when we come across a real serious situation. I have searched with no luck so I decided to start my own list (currently specific to Brevard County) and would appreciate any input. I would also like to expand it to a state-wide county-by-county list for all of Florida. Once the list is complete, I will post it for all to use.
Given that we live and work in Florida, we deal with the elderly on a daily basis and have an obligation to act when the situation calls for it. With the current state of the economy, I expect to be seeing this more frequently and now is the time to pool our resources (Meals on Wheels, Senior Well Checks etc).
Please email any input to email@example.com and let me know what area (county) to list it under.
Merritt Island, FL