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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


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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David L. Moss and Associates Extends No-Cost Case Valuation to Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings

I was shocked when I read that a law firm in NY, David L. Moss and Associates, is actually promoting guardianship to landlords to help them evict elderly tenants. Many of these apartments are rent controlled, so by evicting them the landlord can raise the rent. To do it by giving landlords “free case valuation” because of issues with tenants, is, in my opinion, a very sick and frightening way of doing business.      

Reposted from NASGA’s blog

David L. Moss and Associates has now extended free case valuation to Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings for landlords. Drawing on their vast experience, they can work to safeguard their interests.

David L. Moss and Associates will now provide no-charge case evaluation to landlords in NYC for Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings. Landlords require strong representation in Article 81 proceedings to safeguard their interests and this law firm, leveraging its extensive experience in housing court matters.

“Article 81 of Mental Hygiene Law allows the New York City Department of Social Services or the tenant’s representative to commence proceedings in the Supreme Court requesting appointment of a guardian of the tenant and their property. The proceedings can be filed when the tenant is said to be incapable of representing their own interests,” said a senior lawyer with the firm.

The court order appointing a guardian for the tenant will stay any pending litigation the landlord is fighting with the tenant. Moreover, the landlord would require the court approval for any further actions. A seasoned attorney would represent the landlord to get for them the benefits they are entitled to as result of the landlord-tenant relationship including the payment of rent and ultimately repossession of the property if the tenant lacks the ability to continue to reside there.

Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings are complex civil litigation requiring clinical efficiency on the part of the law firm. As the senior lawyer commented, “Guardianship matters can be highly litigious. When the court is likely to grant the guardian to the tenant, the issue can be powers granted by the court to the guardian. Our lawyers work to bring the other perspective on the matter to the court.”

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