Robin Richards

Name: Robin Damien Richards.
Died: July 3, 2015.
Age at death: 33.
Cause of death: Suicide/Neglect (Hanging; inadequate services, risk assessment, supervision).
Location: Somerset, England, UK.

Details:
Robin had Asperger’s and mental illness, and over the last two years of his life had to be involuntarily hospitalized several times. He had attempted suicide by running into traffic. After his last hospitalization, his landlord evicted him, and he had to live for some time in uncertainty about whether he would have a place to stay. Eventually he was transferred from the hospital to the care home.

The care home was highly negligent in helping Robin survive his suicidal crisis. Despite his repeated attempts to harm himself and repeated suicidal ideation, they didn’t inform his care coordinator or his family, and they kept him on “low risk” status.

Just over a week after his admission to the care home, Robin was found hanging. But his care home aide had no training in how to help someone who had hung themselves, and no access to a ligature cutter to help get Robin down safely.

Robin was taken to the hospital, but died of his injuries after four days.

Another care home owned by the same agency was closed down for being “cold, unsafe, and unhygienic”. An inquest into Robin’s death found “widescale failures”, that a lack of communication and proper discharge planning had contributed to Robin’s death.

References:
Coroner to raise concerns on lack of care provision for people with Asperger’s
Coroner to raise concerns on lack of care provision for people with Asperger’s, as inquest concludes on the death of Robin Richards
Rachel Barrett represents bereaved family of Robin Richards
Police file on care home handed to CPS
Inquest into death of 33 year old man in care home opens
Care Home Tragedy Highlights Lack of Support for Asperger’s Sufferers
Inquest into self-inflicted death of Robin Richards, a vulnerable 33 year old in a Tracscare care home, opens Monday
Regulation 28 Report to Prevent Future Deaths

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