An unattended death occurs when a person passes away on their own, and isn’t discovered for a period of time.
It is a distressing occurrence, and it’s the family and friends of the deceased who are inevitably left to organise the necessary, but stressful, clean-up afterwards.
In this article, we describe why deaths are classified in this way, and also why you should always call on a professional to carry out an unattended death clean-up.
An unattended death is a fatality that occurs when no one else is present. The person will have passed away while on their own, and the body undiscovered for a while afterwards.
They most often involve the elderly, but can occur when anyone is living alone. It can happen due to natural causes and, in some cases, is the result of suicide or an accident.
It can be a grizzly scene to discover, particularly if you know the person involved.
Usually a body is found a few hours or a few weeks (and, in extreme cases, months or even years) after the death has occurred.
The first thing you need to do is call the emergency services. An ambulance, and members of the police, will then be dispatched to take away the body before an investigation begins into the cause of death.
Once the body has been removed and the scene surveyed, friends and family are left to clean up the area.
It is their responsibility to organise an unattended death clean-up, but this can be both distressing and dangerous.
Cleaning up after an unattended death is not a pleasant experience, and it’s much worse if you’re a relative or friend of the deceased.
It’s highly recommended to hire a professional that can thoroughly clean the area for you.
The scene is occasionally dangerous place, and it’s important that all potential biohazards are safely removed and the location disinfected.
This requires specialist tools and equipment, as well as industrial chemicals.
Rather than carrying out this sensitive and potentially hazardous task yourself, you should consider asking a specialist.
Direct Cleaning Group provides a professional unattended death clean-up service across the North West.
Our teams can be called on to respond at short notice and in urgent situations.