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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

Because They Can

April 12, 2013

by Diane Wilson

I read another story today about the abuse of children by a whistleblower who was shunned for years after she reported the abuse. When discussing why people abused these children, her answer was that they did it “because they can.” A simple answer, three simple words, but they pack a more powerful punch than any answer I have ever heard. It answers a question that has been asked for decades, something that has plagued psychoanalysts for years. “Because they can.” That’s it; that is the reason. No big mystery; just because they can. So now we have to ask the biggest question, why? Why can they? Why can they get away with this? Why are we allowing it? Why aren’t we the people standing up for the children and the elderly and the disabled? Why are we allowing these people to continue the abuse unabated?  When did this all become okay? When and why did we stop protecting the most vulnerable members of our society?      

When did respect for the elderly stop? When did it become okay to disrespect the elderly and ignore their wishes, as if what they say and how they feel and what they want is meaningless? When did it become okay for children to disrespect their parents and steal from them and verbally abuse them and refuse to help them?  When did it become okay for strangers–lawyers, judges, social workers, hospital staff, court personnel, nursing home owners, police officers and agency employees, the very people who are supposed to be protecting and watching out for the elderly– when did it become okay for these people to force the elderly to live in institutions against their will, to steal their homes and assets, to rape their bodies and estates, to medicate them with drugs to keep them complacent? When did it become okay to isolate the elderly from their families and deny them their rights to see their children and friends and loved ones? When did it become okay for judges and lawyers to deny the right of a wife to kiss and hug her husband? When did it become okay for these officers of the court to deny the right of children to hold their mother’s hand?  The answer is never; it has never been okay.

So when and why were the God-given rights of all people removed? Who did this? Who allowed it? The answer is we did. We allowed it. We allowed it by refusing to speak up against this type of tyranny, by pretending it didn’t exist, by not responding to pleas for help from those crying out to us. Those of us who are speaking out against it are still being ignored by the mainstream media. Money and power are two reasons. They are also afraid of retaliation from the judges of this country because somewhere along the line, judges were given God like powers. We need to remember that judges are people, no different from you and me, no different from the children and the elderly and the disabled that are part of our society. No one has the right to arbitrarily destroy the lives of people. They do it because they can.     

We need to take back our power, and remove the power from people who abuse it. When will you speak up? Will you speak up before they come for you?          

There are good and honest and ethical judges and lawyers in this country. My question to all of you is this: When will you speak up and do what is necessary to turn the tide of abuse? When will you do the job that you took an oath to do? When will you speak up? Will you speak up before they come for you?

We can fix this, before it’s too late, because we can.           

Guardianship for the elderly: Protecting the rights and welfare of seniors with reduced capacity

Due to guardianship abuse and elder abuse of one of our most vulnerable segments of our population, the Senate Special Committee on Aging prepared this document “for informational purposes only” back in 2007. It does contain a lot of valuable information about what guardians are and are not allowed to do. If you have a loved one under guardianship please read this. For those of you considering guardianship for a loved one, don’t!  Stay away from the courts. Find another way to protect this person. Once a court appointed guardian is put in place the person virtually becomes a prisoner…isolate, medicate, steal the estate…that is literally what happens.  

This document has been printed for information purposes. It does not represent findings or recommendations formally adopted by the Committee.

December 2007


Over the next several decades, the U.S. older population will experience unprecedented growth. By 2030, the population of people age 65 and over will have more than doubled from 35 million in 2000 to 71.5 million. As the number of seniors increase, so will the number of individuals with cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This trend will produce an increasing demand to invoke guardianship on behalf of incapacitated seniors. However, guardianship – a legal tool which gives one person or entity the power to make personal and/or property decisions for another – has the potential of harming older adults rather than protecting them if not carefully administered. The rising incidence of elder abuse in this country and continuing reports of the failure of courts and the states to prevent exploitation of incapacitated adults by their guardians have long been of concern to this Committee.

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