For some families, the golden years are turning nightmarish, thanks to state laws that some nursing homes are using to try to gain guardianship – and financial control – of their older patients. For more details, go to my blog: Nursing Homes Use Gardianship as Tool to Profit.
Artice from New York Times December 9, 2018 regarding forced guardianships and the horrors it can create for clients. Read more…
Orion is creating a resource for its members who suspect that they are dealing with potential elder abuse situations, to avoid unnecessary reporting to Adult Protective Services. Such reports can create greater nightmares and horror situations.
Perry A. Shulman, CPA
Chair- Orion Elder Abuse Committee
Few people are aware that a nursing home can take such a step. Guardianship cases are difficult to gain access to and poorly tracked by New York State courts; cases are often closed from public view for confidentiality. But the Palermo case is no aberration.
This Newsday article addresses the issue of sealed guardianship cases.
Commentary in ths article provided by long term Orion Member, Jack Halpern, CEO of My Elder Advocate
In June 2013, Nassau County Judge Angela Iannacci sealed a legal action brought by Dean Hart, now a candidate for State Assembly, to have a guardian appointed for his 79-year-old mother, whose mental faculties were in decline. Iannacci’s order failed to provide any substantive justification for sealing the records, as required by the state mental health law.