House where Nelson Lucas Pereira, 61, was rescued by Samu today (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

Resident was found passed out and rescued by Samu today after three days without leaving home

House where Nelson Lucas Pereira, 61, was rescued by Samu today (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

In the house, just a bed and an empty fridge, surrounded by a lot of dirt. This is where Samu (Mobile Emergency Care Service) rescued an elderly man found passed out by neighbors today (27), on Paranapebas Street, in the Jardim Columbia neighborhood. This type of service is common, but what stands out in this case is that the neighbors no longer know what to do to draw the authorities’ attention to the situation of Nelson Lucas Pereira, 61, who lives alone and suffers from alcoholism. .

“No human being should go through this. It’s inhumane”, summarizes the neighbor, the retired teacher, Maria Aparecida de Lima, 59 years old. She says that the elderly person has always lived alone and in recent years the consequences of alcoholism have worsened, so she called social workers two years ago.

Neighbor of Nelson, retired teacher Maria Aparecida de Lima, 59 (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)
Neighbor of Nelson, retired teacher Maria Aparecida de Lima, 59 (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

“He even received assistance from social assistance, but he needs to go to a shelter. We have already asked for this provision. He doesn’t have a bath, he has spoiled food at home. He is very thin and weakened”, says Maria Aparecida.

Cleaning assistant Divaneide Lima, 55, remembers that Nelson was strong and always worked, but alcoholism left him in that situation.

“I live here and have known him for 13 years. Over time, he indulged in drinking and it affected his life. He was always alone, but he was very communicative, but his health has worsened for some time now. As he is alone, he needs assistance, they had to find a shelter for him”, he says.

This time, Nelson hadn’t been seen by neighbors for three days. They fear that the elderly person will die without assistance if he remains at home. “The authorities have to do something, right, that is if he comes back from the hospital”, laments Maria Aparecida.

Social assistance – The SAS (Secretariat of Social Assistance) informed, through the press office, that it will check this case with Creas (Specialized Reference Center for Social Assistance) in the region where the elderly person lives.

In addition, the secretary reported that it is part of the protocol of care to seek relatives who can be responsible for the care of the family member. If there are no family members, the secretariat seeks to provide a care unit for the elderly, however, he cannot be taken by force. It is necessary that the person accepts to leave their home and go to the unit.

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