On 1 February 2017, Tullio Farella was moved into Rathdowne Place Aged Care, considered to be one of the more luxurious aged care facilities in Melbourne.
Within hours, Mr Farella would be pronounced dead.
It has been reported that after Mr Farella was administered an insulin injection to treat his diabetes, facility staff failed to check on his wellbeing.
Mr Farrella’s daughters have been distraught about their fateful decision to put their father into the facility ever since.
Tony Carbone, Managing Partner of Carbone Lawyers, said people should be able to trust their loved ones would be safe in aged care homes.
Mr Carbone went on to state, “From the moment he was injected with insulin at 6pm to the time his daughter was called by nursing staff at 1am telling her he was critical … in all probabilities no one checked on him.”
“If someone had checked on him they would have seen his sugar was dropping quickly and could have given him something.”
This case, along with many others, will be examined in the Commonwealth Government’s Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.