Family Protests Placing Elderly Woman in Assisted Living

“Justice! We want justice! Free our grandmother! We want to take care of her!”

About 16 protesters outside the Whitfield County Courthouse Monday afternoon shouted and held signs to call attention to what they said was an unfair decision that resulted in an elderly family member being moved against her will into an assisted living facility.

Pam Akins said her mother-in-law, who is an Alzheimer’s patient, and the mother-in-law’s husband had lived with her and her husband, Marty, since October in their Dalton home. The Akins said caregivers sat with the older couple during the day when family members weren’t at home to watch them. Then other family members decided the woman would be better off in a nursing home, Akins said.

According to Akins, Probate Judge Sheri Blevins granted rights to those family members who have since placed the woman in professional care. That decision is under appeal.

Robert McCurry, an attorney for those family members, Greg and Rhonda Epperson, said guardianship and the best interest of the woman — not necessarily where she would live — was considered when Blevins rendered a decision March 1 after several hours of testimony. “The court heard from numerous witnesses, including a licensed neurologist (who) determined it was in (the woman’s) best interest that my client be named the guardian,” McCurry said.

Blevins declined comment because of state laws that prohibit the release of information about guardianship cases. “On pending cases, and unfortunately in this particular case, those records are sealed, and I’m not allowed to give any information at all,” Blevins said. “Hopefully an order will be coming out soon.”

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10 Responses to “Family Protests Placing Elderly Woman in Assisted Living”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Good for this family. Protesting is the exact right thing to do.

  2. Thelma Says:

    I agree. Get out ther and protest!

  3. Mike Says:

    I agree too. Protesting is very effective if it's done in an orderly manner. This family looks to have done a good job and I hope it's effective.

  4. Sue Says:

    Applause to the protesters for bringing attention to this case, one of many nationwide. I disagree with the decision to take the lady out of her home I hope all those involved with this case and so many others with the same pattern live long enough to know the pain. KARMA to all.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Anyone wiht Alzheimers needs to be in familiar surroundings. Moving the person can upset him/her into having a stroke.

  6. Thelma Says:

    Re protesting – the best place is at the courthouse. But first, check the PD rules for numbers of people which require a permit, and then put out a PR statement.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    It's great how none of you know anything about these people or what this woman's needs are or the quality of care she was getting at home but you all have an opinion of what would be in her best interest. Same with every article on here so it is hard to take you seriously.

  8. NASGA Says:

    Dear last Anonymous,NASGA is not a closed minded group of people. If you have a different opinion, we welcome it. If you have information to share, we welcome that. It would be nice instead of just criticizing, you would have taken a few minutes to give us some insight into your knowledge of the case.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I have no knowledge of the case just as none of you do. NASGA is absolutely closed minded about guardianship or at the very least your posters are. Take a look at their posts and then ask how much any of them know about any of the cases they are commenting on.

  10. NASGA Says:

    Anonymous, if you have no knowledge of the case, then how can you be so sure those who have made comments don't have such knowledge?NASGA is not closed minded about guardianship. We are, however, close minded about guardianship abuse.Those who comment on this Blog don't always agree with each other. All opinions are welcome. Yours are too!

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