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What to do After an Unattended Death

December 19, 2017

Dying is a part of the natural cycle of life. Discovering the death of someone who went through it alone can be frightening and is always unexpected. When you happen upon the unattended death of a loved one, the first moments of emotion can be shock, sadness, confusion… but after you’ve comprehended what happened, what do you do? Cleaning up after an unattended death is an emotional, involved process, and is best left to the professionals. Unattended death can be death by suicide, homicide, accidental death, or death by natural cause, if the person died alone (or perceived to be alone) it is considered unattended. To ensure your space is properly remediated, follow these steps.

Step 1: Contact First Responders

When you discover a diseased person, it is important to contact first responders. The first response will ensure that the body of your loved one is taken care of and is put in the hands of a coroner. The coroner will determine the cause of death and record the loss of your loved one.

Step 2: Clear the Area

It is important that you do not attempt to clean the area. When a person dies their body begins decomposition. This means that their body begins to release chemicals that induce decomposition, bloating and decay. These are harmful to the living and need to be avoided. Bacteria can become airborne and inhaled, this can affect current and future residents and must be handled by professionals.

Step 3: Call Spaulding Decon

You need a biohazard remediation company to ensure your home is cleaned properly and the space of your loved one is shown the respect it deserves. Spaulding Decon is trained to clean blood-borne pathogens, this ensures that space is properly cleaned. Their first priority is your safety and privacy along with the understanding that our services are needed urgently. Spaulding Decon arrives on scene within two hours of your call in unmarked vehicles and uniforms. We don’t want to draw more attention to your family, we want to make the passing of your loved one a bit easier.

From there, Spaulding Decon begins cleaning. Our proprietary cleaning products completely remove all traces of blood, bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, and other biohazards from the scene. When Spaulding Decon leaves the scene, your area is fully remediated. Items that can be cleaned are fully decontaminated, while others will need to be disposed of properly. Unattended deaths can cause harm to the home or area that they occur, this can involve dry-wall or even structural repairs, Spaulding Decon does it all.

The final aspect of Spaulding Decon’s unattended death remediation is assisting you to file an insurance claim. The cleanup and remediation costs can be costly, but that is not something we want you to worry about, which is why Spaulding Decon works with you to get the costs covered.

The unattended death of a loved one is hard to handle, let Spaulding Decon help you through the final journey of their life. Visit spauldingdecon.com for more information on how we can help you through the unattended death of your loved one.