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Posted: September 15, 2019 at 10:12 am   /   by   /

The elderly in American society shouldn’t have to plan for the loss of their rights and their estates in their old age. But the current guardianship system threatens the retired community with just that.

Guardian abuse came about from a broken system. States often provide guardians for when the elderly and incapacitated need outside care. County or state courts appoint them to take care of their wards either personally or financially.

But the system failed thousands of people by allowing dishonest people and corrupt politicians to handle guardianship. Public guardians cut off wards from communication with their families, charge massive fees, and in some cases, cause the death of their wards.

A System Motivated By Greed

Not all guardians commit these atrocities. However, more and more victims report guardian abuse every day.

“It’s nothing personal, it’s all about the money,” says Charlie Pascal, whose mother-in-law was a victim. “That’s what I tell all the victims. You have to get past it.”

The National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse (NASGA) writes that guardianship laws threaten “the health and wealth to our elderly and disabled citizens.” Director Elaine Renoire said that while people are working to pass laws, “legislation is slow moving, so we’re still at it.”

Guardianships For No Reason

The system supposedly helps those that need it. But what happens when those that don’t get caught?

When Mary Whitten and her sister, Cos Skaife, dealt with their uncle’s guardianship in the State of Pennsylvania, they had no idea how much was involved. The two collected horror stories of wards over-medicated and isolated from their families by unscrupulous guardians.

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Local Politics & the Alleged Compassionate Hospital

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 Carrie K. Hutchens

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Rant Political

Welcome to St. Joseph Hospital of Elmira, New York, where they claim on their website:

St. Joseph’s Hospital, a Catholic health facility, is a voluntary not-for-profit community general hospital founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester in cooperation with the physicians and citizens of Elmira, NY. The St. Joseph’s Hospital community, by maintaining a deep respect for the dignity of each person, strives to heal, as Jesus did, in mind, body and spirit, all who come to us.”

“Maintaining a deep respect for the dignity of each person”… except for Gary Harvey.

Oh, I’m so sure Jesus would be quite proud of the staff of the hospital, the guardian group of people and attorneys involved in the Harvey case. Of course, I wouldn’t be counting on him having picked out everyone’s heavenly spot yet.

It was Thanksgiving Day and Sara Harvey had made the arrangements to visit her husband. She and the guard arrived only to be told that the hospital hadn’t received an okay. Guard is not authorized if visit is not authorized, but the dignity people continued with their refusal.

(Cliff Note: A guard is required because Sara is supposedly a danger to her husband because she supposedly didn’t follow medical advice. The hospital, guardians et al petitioned the court to starve & dehydrate Gary to death, but she is the danger. Irony at its best.)

So, while all the important people, who should have made sure the visit was authorized and those who could have given the okay after the failed communication, enjoyed their Thanksgiving meals with the ones of their choice, Gary was denied a mere visit from his wife. The wife that loves him… talks to him… reads to him. Instead, he, a person who has always loved holidays and spending them with the wife he loves — got to lay there alone in the isolation that is his life.

What a group of people…

Local politics of control at its best with the dignity people so proud of their compassionate behavior — the refusal of a simple visit on a special holiday! But then… it was only Gary & Sara Harvey!

 

The kidnapping of Dorothy Wilson: In her own words

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Marti Oakley
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On Sunday, September 23, 2012 we were privileged to have Diane Wilson, daughter of Dorothy Wilson as a guest on TS Radio.  The discussion centered around the kidnapping, imprisonment and isolation of Dorothy Wilson. While isolated and moved from one home to another,  her home was mortgaged, her personal possessions sold or given away.
At one point, Bristal Assisted Living facility charged Dorothy’s estate $53,000 for one month’s stay.
Her home was used to receive a reverse mortgage for $275,000.  This, along with $2300 a month in income all disappeared with no acounting by the guardian.  Two years after Dorothys’ initial kidnapping, the guardian had burned through $350,000 of the estate.
On October 23, 2011 after two years of abuse, neglect and isolation, Dorothy Wilson died of loneliness and despair.  This woman who had lived a good life and had planned her retirement, had an ample income and valuable assets, was left penniless by the guardian.  At this point the guardian petitioned the court to allow her to resign as Dorothy’s guardian. Dorothy died just one week before she might have been reunited with her daughter, Diane.
This could happen to you!
The interview with Diane Wilson can be accessed here.
For support, information and discussion of the rampant epidemic of kidnapping the elderly who committed the crime of aging with assets, please visit NASGA, The National Association to Stop Guardianship Abuse
Also: myelderadvocate.com hosted by Jack Halpern is also a valuable site.

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