State of New York
My mother-in-law was as intelligent as they come being valedictorian of her senior high school class and top of her major in college; she was diagnosed with manic-depression, bi-polar for nearly half of her life.
Mom was court-ordered Guardian care in 2002, even though family was present and willing and able to perform the services having degrees in accounting from Penn State. The court ordered a “pastor” to perform Guardian duties in 2002-2003 (and to my knowledge, NO formal final accounting was filed!!!) 2nd Guardian was court ordered 2004-2009 and 3rd Guardian was court ordered 2010-2012 leading up to mom’s death in April of 2012.
Final Guardian never visited mom once in the year of 2010 per her own admission of accounting filed with the courts and only visited mom once in the year of 2011 allegedly having mom removed from her home (week after Christmas) after 9-years with no formal eviction or condemnation process that we are unable to find thru FOIA and/or the town board.
In my opinion, Guardian performing (or lack of) extreme ethical violation lead to the death of my mother-in-law. By removing mom from her home with no Guardian visitations but only once in the last 2-years of mom’s life. It is my understanding, that mom didn’t even have a bath for over a year!
Elder abuse in its truest form, why do we have court-appointed Guardians if they are not mandated to perform their fiduciary duties?
We are family and we are blood-relatives living just a few short miles away, yet our County Court System “waived us away” at every court appearance and with last court hearing “assuring us” in open court accountings would be received quarterly, who spent all of our mother’s money?
Why was it not used for mom’s care, both medically and physically?
Why was mom allowed to live in squalor her last years of her life, why were there allegedly ……………NO Visiting Nurse services, NO Lifetime care, NO Health and Wellness Care, NO Medical routine doctor visits, NO Prescription Med Follow/ups, Few or NO Meals on Wheels, NO Eye Care, (mom was diagnosed with sugar diabetes), NO Dental Care, NO Home Health Care, NO Housekeeping Services, NO Follow-up Services, NO Property Maintenance Services, etc…
If this has happened to my mother-in-law in our small town community, it begs to wonder who else is falling victim to the “system” in our town and throughout communities nationwide? Our County System has hundreds if not thousands of patients they care for on a daily basis, we only wanted to care for ONE – our MOM. Why were we not allowed this opportunity by an over-loaded court system?