The parents of a physically fit, high support needs, young man were called by the direct care staff of the group home in which he was living, to say he was limping.
Staff were advised to give him a full check, especially his feet, socks and shoes for splinters and stones. They subsequently called to say nothing was found.
As the parents were having their son with them the next day, they said to monitor him, and to advise them if his condition deteriorated.
On arrival at the group home the following day, the parents clearly saw their son limping.
Medical examinations and X-rays, and all the trauma that, naturally went through their minds.
Nevertheless, Mum was determined to fully check her son at home.
What she found was, a sock jammed right up in the toe of one of her son’s shoes. With this removed, no more limping!
Their son having little or no meaningful communications, was unable to tell anyone of his discomfort for a whole day.
The million dollar question is, “How long would this have been missed?”