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As NY shifts to for-profit nursing homes, abuse and neglect complaints spike

When the day comes that you can no longer care for a family member and/or loved one, nursing homes are where we usually have to place that person. We should be able to trust that they are in good hands and will receive the care the nursing home staff is being paid to give. Why, then, are all of the reports to the contrary? Why are the people who run them only concerned with the amount of money they make and not the care of their clients?

A company can only stay in business for the long term if they treat their customers well by providing quality products and good customer service. How is it then that when it comes to the actual care of a human being nursing homes do not meet those standards? 

“In the past year alone, several grisly cases of abuse and neglect have come to light in New York. In one case, a nurse’s aide at West Lawrence Care Center in Far Rockaway allegedly pummeled a bedridden 80-year-old, leaving her battered, black-eyed and ultimately hospitalized.”

Are these homes doing background checks on the people they hire? Apparently not, if something like this is happening.

In order to help prevent your loved ones from ending up in one of these horrific facilities, show them how to care for themselves. Teach them about nutrition and exercise and the right supplements to take. There are many alternative health care methods out there to help people live productive lives as they age.    

As NY shifts to for-profit nursing homes, abuse and neglect complaints spike

The Long Lasting and Lifetime Effects of Guardianship Abuse

Watching my mother being abused by a horribly corrupt judicial system, uncaring politicians, greedy attorneys and family members that are supposed to love one another has truly been a life changing experience for me. I worked hard to save her from being placed in nursing homes. The first two times I managed to bring her home; the third time was just too much for her and the fear took her life. 

My grandchildren, as young as they are, remember their great-grandma. The guardian, Mary Giordano, did everything she could to isolate my mother from them and from me. They do not yet know what happened but they will. This is not a deep dark family secret; it is America’s dirty little secret. 

While for me the tears still appear at the oddest moment, the what ifs still linger in my mind and at times keep me up at night, the long lasting effects of guardianship abuse was also life changing for my daughter. It is often said that some good ultimately comes out of bad and in my Mom’s case, I believe this to be true.    

by Tara Wilson

November 6, 2014

Normally, as parents to young children we are concerned with protecting our little ones; whether that is from falling, the common cold, or which guardian would raise them in the event of our incapacity or passing.  As our children get older and learn to protect themselves, we are often reminded that we need to look out for our other loved ones as well.  So while our children are becoming more independent, our aging parents and grandparents are in need of more support and protection.  We fall into that “sandwich generation” where we are caring for our children and our own parents.

When I was pregnant with my son I began to notice that my grandmother was starting to forget more and more.  I vividly remember the day that I thought, she needs help now.  I was sitting at my office desk overlooking the Boston Harbor late one morning and picked up the phone to call her as I always did.  She was watching “The Price Is Right” with volume so high that it sounded as if the tv was in my own office, not her kitchen 250 miles away. My grandmother, who worked as a teller at Chemical Bank and who managed her family’s finances like a cross between a CFO and extreme couponer for over 50 years, told me she missed a credit card payment.  While the credit card fee was only $29.00 and the interest was minimal for her purchases at Kohl’s and Macy’s, it was unheard of for her.  I offered to call the credit card company and the fees were waived within minutes.  However, this was the beginning of the end for the financial astuteness that ruled her life.
A few months later I went on to have a healthy baby boy, my grandmother’s first great-grandson. I lived and breathed my new role as a mother, loving and caring for him and making certain he was fully protected.At the same time, my mother took on the role of caretaker for my grandmother.  In order for my mother to help with my grandmother’s medical and financial care, taking her to doctor’s appointments and balancing her checkbook, my mother needed legal authority to do so.  My grandmother signed a Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy when she realized she couldn’t quite handle everything.  While I tried to give my grandmother other advice, my grandmother believed she would be fine with the minimal planning she put in place before I entered law school; she and my grandfather had prepared simple wills naming each other as beneficiaries and their three children as successors.  Unfortunately, within a few months, my grandmother got very sick and my mother’s siblings had a very different view on how my grandmother should be cared for (or not cared for as the case may be).
Here is the story of how my grandmother went from a caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and widow to a victim of an abusive court-appointed guardian who took her freedom, her assets, her home, and her life. this entire ordeal I was taking care of my infant son and became pregnant with my second child.  As if raising an infant wasn’t tiring enough, the birth of my daughter brought me to a whole new level of exhaustion.  I was of little help to my mother and grandmother; the distance, the babies, and my fear of the abusive people involved in my grandmother’s life.  My mother fought harder than anyone to help her mother and is still fighting for other victims of elder abuse.  It is one of the biggest regrets in my life that I was not able to be there for my own grandmother while she fell victim to an all too common and pervasive form of elder abuse that ultimately killed her.

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Silverado Senior Living Sued for Falsely Imprisoning 93 year old Ruby Peterson of Texas

Ruby S. Peterson is a 93-year-old woman who is being held against her will at Silverado Senior Living. This is what is happening to the elderly all across the country. Candice Schwager of Texas is the lawyer working night and day trying to free her and let her go home. Ruby gave her daughter, Carol Ann Manley, Power of Attorney. Although Ruby is not incapacitated and does not have a guardian, it appears that Carol Ann, using Ruby’s two million dollar estate, has somehow managed to get Silverado to conspire with her to keep Ruby locked up against her will. In a video where Ruby Peterson tells her story very clearly she speaks about how two women stripped her naked and put her in the shower and washed her entire body. She states that she is able to bathe herself. In my opinion, that is sexual assault. This is another one of the most horrifying cases of elder abuse. Mary Giordano, elder care attorney with Franchina and Giordano of Garden City, NY did the same thing to my mother. We all need to raise our voices against this abuse before it happens to us.  

Emergency Injunction against Silverado Senior Living & Carol Ann Manley of Sugarland

by Candice Schwager

I am guessing that Silverado Senior Living is accustomed to “getting away with murder” in the most figurative sense at a minimum by the foolish way they are choosing to respond to this Application for Emergency Injunction to release Ruby Peterson, currently being held against her will and forcibly drugged with dangerous drugs (prohibited for use with elderly by FDA black box warning) as she suffers untold horrors, including at least one sexual assault in which two strangers took her to another area of the facility (knowing she could bathe on her own), stripped her nude at 93 years of age, and bathed her like a dog as she prayed to God for the humiliation to end. She cried in desperation not knowing if she would even survive until morning. These “monsters” (my opinion but well grounded in fact) want that brushed aside and never seeing the light of day. Please help ensure that Ruby’s voice is heard loud and clear so that Ruby is FREED!  This could someday save the life of someone you love by stopping this quasi-criminal activity in its tracks now!  Whatever you do, do not sit back and think someone else can do it for you. God gave you a voice and if you can use it for someone without one, I hope you will consider that it costs nothing to share. I do not have enough information to say this is racketeering, but it borders it. What do you call a group of professionals exploiting the elderly and imprisoning them to take their life savings, which in Ruby’s case is substantial. She and her late husband saved and lived meagerly, which is why you see the vultures trying to pick every piece of flesh off her bones before she’s even gone.


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