Geriatric Care Managers
Judge Joel Asarch appointed Anne Recht, a geriatric care manager for my Mom after I applied for guardianship. I was no longer allowed to take Mom to her doctor appointments even though that was what Mom wanted. Mom’s HIPAA rights were consistently violated by both Anne Recht and Mom’s “law” guardian, Mary Giordano, of Franchina and Giordano in Garden City.
Anne Recht insisted that only a “nurse” was allowed to pick up Mom’s medications and put them in her pill box, at a cost to Mom of well over $12,000…something I was doing for free for my parents for years.
My Mom told Anne Recht specifically that she did not want to go into assisted living or a nursing home under any circumstances; she wanted to live with me. Against Mom’s wishes, Anne worked in conjunction with Mary Giordano and Judge Joel Asarch to incarcerate Mom against her will in an assisted living facility in November 2010 for a period of 30 days. When Mom’s money was gone, Anne Recht “recommended” that Mom be placed in a nursing home against her will, rather than live with me. Anne Recht claimed that “Diane does not understand what her Mom’s medical needs are.”
Perhaps using a geriatric care manager has worked well for some. Unfortunately, my experience was horrific. The number of aides that were paraded in and out of Mom’s house for over two years at the whim of Anne Recht contributed to Mom’s ever increasing unhappiness and depression. Mom had to live with these people whether she liked them or not. Her feelings and requests were NEVER taken into consideration. One time I was kicked out of Mom’s house by Anne Recht when yet another new aide was placed there. Mom was crying and begging me to stay, hysterically clinging to my arm, while Anne Recht shut the door on me and yelled at Mom telling her she had to accept these people whether she liked it or not. I was horrified but forced to leave under the threat that she was in charge and I had no say. Due to the fact that Anne Recht worked in conjunction with Mary Giordano, the “law” guardian, Anne Recht was allowed to do whatever she wanted to my Mom.
After my experience with a geriatric health care manager, I would never recommend using one.
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