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Elder abuse by Scott Phipps: Victim denied contact with advocate Diane Wilson

There is a 91-year old woman by the name of Elinor Frerichs who is currently locked away in Lakeside Park, a locked dementia facility in Oakland, California. She is under the abusive guardianship of Scott Phipps, a conservator who denies Elinor almost all visitation and phone calls. His website states that he “followed a spiritual path” and “entered McCormick Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity.” He then worked as a minister for six years. It is beyond my comprehension how a person who is supposedly “spiritual” becomes a member of the National Guardianship Association; he then goes on to become an abusive guardian.

Mary Giordano, the elder care attorney who kidnapped my mother from her beloved home and imprisoned her in a nursing home against her will is a member of the Catholic Charities Volunteer Lawyer Initiative and the Trustee of St. Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington, New York. She is also a commissioner of the Port Washington Garbage District.

It is painful to know that some of the same people who are abusing our elderly parents and loved ones are the same church-going members and ministers of our community churches, the same people pretending to be “spiritual” while they kidnap, abuse, isolate and drug the elderly against their will. Using religion as a cover while committing dastardly deeds is despicable.

Elder rights advocates across the country are watching the unfolding case of elder abuse by Oakland, California conservator Scott Phipps of Phisco Fiduciary. Phipps’ conservatee Elinor Frerichs (91) is unlawfully imprisoned and isolated at Lakeside Park, a locked dementia facility.

Phipps and Lakeside Park allow Elinor no visitors and no phone calls. Elinor is denied contact with family, friends, and elder rights advocates. She has no way to retain legal counsel to represent her interests. Elinor is alert, oriented, and despairs of having no one who can engage in intelligent conversation at the “booby hatch.”

Elder rights advocate Diane Wilson (daughter of elder abuse victim Dorothy Wilson) contacted Scott Phipps to ask for visits and phone calls with Elinor. Wilson identified herself as a member of the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse (NASGA). Phipps’ response would indicate that he is in favor of guardian (conservator) abuse

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San Bernardino County: Financial elder abuse continues after death of elder



If you think that this cannot happen to you, your loved ones, a relative, a close family member, think again. What is happening in this country is so immoral, so outrageous, so sick that our minds just cannot comprehend that this is going on everywhere. The abuse of the elderly and disabled is being perpetuated by individuals whose only goal is greed. I believe these people have somehow managed to compartmentalize their beliefs or values in order to commit these most heinous acts. For many people, when it comes to money they will find a way to excuse their unconscionable behavior.  

“Compartmentalization is an unconscious psychological defense mechanism used to avoid cognitive dissonance, or the mental discomfort and anxiety caused by a person’s having conflicting values, cognitions, emotions, beliefs, etc. within themselves. Compartmentalization allows these conflicting ideas to co-exist by inhibiting direct or explicit acknowledgement and interaction between separate compartmentalized self.”

The moral fabric of a society generally share a standard dignity through high morals making the moral fabric a keystone; keeping the base of society and the morals it holds high. Ours has fallen into terrible disrepair. We need to rise up now against these monstrous actions and stop it before it is too late. As an individual we can feel so overwhelmed by what is going on and act as if there is nothing we can do. However, instead of sitting idly by and waiting for someone else to fix this problem, we all need to ask the question “What can I do to stop this ?” and “How can I not try to stop this?”  

Please read this article in its entirety and help by sending an email protesting what was done to this woman and her family. It will take only a few minutes of your time.  Do it for someone you love.  

By Linda Kincaid

Today marks one year since the passing of Carol Hahn. Friends remember Carol as a helpful and giving person, bringing fresh-baked cookies to social events and giving rides to ailing members of her church. Elder advocates remember Carol as the impetus behind California’s landmark Assembly Bill 937 (2013) to clarify personal rights.


In June 2010, Carol was taken from her home and hidden from family at assisted living facility Wildwood Canyon Villa. When Carol called her daughter for help, Wildwood confiscated Carol’s cell phone and moved her into a secured unit. Wildwood’s Assistant Director told family:

Carol Hahn is allowed no visitors and no phone calls.

In August 2010, San Bernardino County Superior Court appointed attorney Mark J. Andrew Flory to represent Carol. The court instructed Flory to investigate Carol’s situation and facilitate visitation with family. Flory did not follow the court’s instructions. Carol remained isolated from her loved ones.

In September 2010, Community Care Licensing cited Wildwood Canyon Villa for violating Carol’s right to visitation. The citation stated Carol’s right to:

To have his/her visitors, including ombudspersons and advocacy representatives permitted to visit privately during reasonable hours and without prior notice, provided that the rights of other residents are not infringed upon.

Community Care Licensing did not enforce the regulation. Carol remained isolated from her loved ones.

In November 2010, Flory’s report to the court demonstrated his failure to understand personal rights and licensing regulations.

It is unclear to me why the facility was cited…

In September 2011, the court issued a restraining order against continued isolation abuse. Carol was allowed to see her loved ones after fifteen months of isolation.

In 2010 – 2012, Flory opposed Carol having a bed, rather than sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Community Care Licensing cited the violation in September 2011. Wildwood Canyon Villa did not provide Carol with a bed until March 2012. Carol slept on a mattress on the floor for eighteen months.

In 2010 – 2013, Flory opposed Carol receiving routine medical care. For nearly three years, Carol was limited to palliative care through hospice. Carol was not allowed treatment from her long-term rheumatologist for very painful rheumatoid arthritis. Carol was not allowed treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that stole her memories and brought increasingly violent agitation.

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Los Angeles Adult Protective Services Refuses to Accept Reports of Conservator Abuse

Los Angeles Adult Protective Services Refuses to Accept Reports of Conservator Abuse.

The elder abuse hotline runs round the clock in Los Angeles County. Twenty four hours a day, a social worker is available to take incoming complaints of abuse and neglect of elderly and dependent adults.

But not, apparently, if the abusing party is a conservator.  During a call to APS last Thursday, a complaint was made that a local conservator was neglecting and medically abusing one of her wards in Pomona, California. The worker refused to accept the complaint, stating that APS does not take complaints of conservator abuse. The call was then transferred to the supervisor, Alejandro, who stated that the Welfare and Institutions Code blocks Adult Protective Services from following up on complaints of conservator abuse. Alejandro was unable to provide the relevant WIC and promised to call back after researching it.  He did not…..

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