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Life and Death in Assisted Living: "Close the Back Door"

August 1, 2013

On Sept. 30, 2008, an employee at the Emerald Hills assisted living facility in Auburn, Calif., made an entry in a company computer log: “pressure ulcer/wound.”

Joan, who had spent just 19 days in the facility, had developed the wound on her foot. The fall eight days earlier had hospitalized her and left her with bruises and an abrasion on her right temple. This, though, could be much, much worse.

Pressure ulcers — also known as bed sores — can form when a person loses the ability to move about freely. Lying in bed or sitting in a chair for long stretches of time diminishes the blood flow to the skin, causing it to break down and die. A hole grows. If bacteria creep into the wound, the bugs can devour flesh or invade the blood and bones. Pressure ulcers can turn fatal, particularly in older people.

Because of the lethal potential of pressure ulcers, the federal government monitors them closely in the nursing home business. In the eyes of experts, the sores are often an indicator of poor care. Attentive caregivers can prevent many pressure sores by making sure that people don’t spend too much time in the same position.

“We know that most bed sores are avoidable,” said Kathryn Locatell, a forensic geriatrician who investigates allegations of elder abuse for California Department of Justice. “That is the consensus of experts in the field.”

Emerald Hills was supposed to contact Joan’s doctor when she developed the ulcer. But nobody from Emerald Hills called a doctor. No nurse came to salve Joan’s wound. And nobody told Joan’s relatives — her husband, Myron, who lived in the same facility, or her son who lived nearby — about the development.

Joan’s short, painful stay at Emerald Hills seemed to be accelerating her decline.

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Life and Death in Assisted Living:  “Close the Back Door
See Also:
Life and Death in Assisted Living:  “A Sinking Ship”

Life and Death in Assisted Living:  “They’re Not Treating Mom Well”

Life and Death in Assisted Living:  “The Emerald City”

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Life and Death in Assisted Living: "A Sinking Ship"

July 31, 2013

On Sept. 30, 2008, an employee at the Emerald Hills assisted living facility in Auburn, Calif., made an entry in a company computer log: “pressure ulcer/wound.”

Joan, who had spent just 19 days in the facility, had developed the wound on her foot. The fall eight days earlier had hospitalized her and left her with bruises and an abrasion on her right temple. This, though, could be much, much worse.

Pressure ulcers — also known as bed sores — can form when a person loses the ability to move about freely. Lying in bed or sitting in a chair for long stretches of time diminishes the blood flow to the skin, causing it to break down and die. A hole grows. If bacteria creep into the wound, the bugs can devour flesh or invade the blood and bones. Pressure ulcers can turn fatal, particularly in older people.

Because of the lethal potential of pressure ulcers, the federal government monitors them closely in the nursing home business. In the eyes of experts, the sores are often an indicator of poor care. Attentive caregivers can prevent many pressure sores by making sure that people don’t spend too much time in the same position.

“We know that most bed sores are avoidable,” said Kathryn Locatell, a forensic geriatrician who investigates allegations of elder abuse for California Department of Justice. “That is the consensus of experts in the field.”

Emerald Hills was supposed to contact Joan’s doctor when she developed the ulcer. But nobody from Emerald Hills called a doctor. No nurse came to salve Joan’s wound. And nobody told Joan’s relatives — her husband, Myron, who lived in the same facility, or her son who lived nearby — about the development.

Joan’s short, painful stay at Emerald Hills seemed to be accelerating her decline.

Full Article and Source:
Life and Death in Assisted Living:  “A Sinking Ship”

See Also:
Life and Death in Assisted Living:  “They’re Not Treating Mom Well”

Life and Death in Assisted Living:  “The Emerald City”

Life and Death in Assisted Living: They’re Not Treating Mom Well

July 30, 2013

When the ambulance crew arrived, about 8:20 p.m., Joan Boice was in the TV lounge, face-down on the carpet. Her head had struck the floor with some velocity; bruises were forming on her forehead and both cheeks. It appeared she’d lost her balance and fallen out of a chair.

But no one at the assisted living facility could say precisely how the accident had occurred. No one knew how long Joan had been splayed out on the floor. She had defecated and urinated on herself.
Worried that Joan might have injured her spine, the emergency medical personnel gently rolled her over and placed her on a back board. They pumped oxygen into her nostrils.

It was Sept. 22, 2008 — just 10 days after Joan had first moved into Emerald Hills.

No Emeritus employees accompanied Joan to the hospital. And even though Joan’s husband, Myron, was living in the facility, the Emeritus workers didn’t immediately alert him that Joan had fallen and hurt herself. Joan, confused, injured, and nearly mute, ended up in the local hospital by herself, surrounded by strangers.

California law requires assisted living companies to conduct a “pre-admission appraisal” of prospective residents, to ensure they are appropriate candidates for assisted living.

But Emerald Hills took Joan in without performing an appraisal. It wasn’t for lack of time. The Boices had signed the contract to live at Emerald Hills more than two weeks before Joan moved in.

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Life and Death in Assisted Living:  They’re Not Treating Mom Well

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Life and Death in Assisted Living: The Emerald City

Life and Death in Assisted Living: "The Emerald City"

July 29, 2013

Joan Boice needed help. Lots of it. Her physician had tallied the damage: Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain from a compression fracture of the spine. For Joan, an 81-year-old former schoolteacher, simply getting from her couch to the bathroom required the aid of a walker or wheelchair.

The Alzheimer’s, of course, was the worst. The disease had gradually left Joan unable to dress, eat or bathe without assistance. It had destroyed much of the complex cerebral circuitry necessary for forming words. It was stealing her voice.

Joan’s family was forced to do the kind of hard reckoning that so many American families must do these days. It was clear that Joan could no longer live at home. Her husband, Myron, simply didn’t have the stamina to provide the constant care and supervision she needed. And moving in with any of their three children wasn’t an option.

These were the circumstances that eventually led the Boice family to Emeritus at Emerald Hills, a sprawling, three-story assisted living facility off Highway 49 in Auburn, Calif. The handsome 110-bed complex was painted in shades of deep green and cream, reflecting its location on the western fringe of the craggy, coniferous Sierra Nevada mountain range. It was owned by the Emeritus Corp., a Seattle-based chain that was on its way to becoming the nation’s largest assisted living company, with some 500 facilities stretching across 45 states.

Emeritus at Emerald Hills promised state-of-the art care for Joan’s advancing dementia. Specially trained members of the staff would create an individual plan for Joan based on her life history. They would monitor her health, engage her in an array of physically and mentally stimulating activities, and pass out her 11 prescription medications, which included morphine (for pain) and the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel (given in hopes of curbing some of the symptoms of her Alzheimer’s). She would live in the “memory care” unit, a space designed specifically to keep people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia safe.

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Life and Death in Assisted Living:  The Emerald City

NASGA Press Release

June 25, 2010

Unlawful and Abusive Guardianships & Conservatorships Focus of This Month’s AARP’s ‘Inside E Street’ Program, Featuring NASGA Member

AARP, as part of their Inside E Street series, will present an interview on 6/24 and 6/25 with NASGA member Danny Tate, recently freed from an unlawful Nashville conservatorship.\1/

Inside E Street is an informative half-hour talk show that delves into the issues behind the headlines. While most political talk shows focus on the news from the campaign trail and analyze poll results, Inside E Street looks at the latest developments affecting economic security, health care and retirement.

For a listing of when PBS will air this AARP program in your area, visit http://insideestreet.sgewebdev.com/index.asp.

NASGA is an organization of victims for victims of unlawful and abusive guardianships and conservatorships.

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\1/ Note: Tate’s case involves an unbelievable “temporary” conservatorship that lasted over 2.5 years. Even now that the conservatorship has been terminated, Tate must fight to regain what’s left of his estate before the attorneys finish it off. See http://www.NashvilleCriminals.info.

>Prisoner People

November 20, 2008

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Britney Spears, whose father Jamie Spears is still the conservator of her finances and affairs, now says her tightly controlled existence feels “like Groundhog Day” and she feels “Like a Prisoner.”

In the new 90 minute documentary “Britney: For The Record”, airing on Nov 30 on MTV, executive-produced by Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph, the Pop Princess admits:

“There’s no excitement, there’s no passion.I have really good days, and then I have bad days.”

“Even when you go to jail, y’know, there’s the time when you’re gonna get out. But in this situation, it’s never ending. It’s just like Groundhog Day every day.”

“If you do something wrong in your work, you can move on, but I’m having to pay for a long time.”

“I think it’s too in control, If I wasn’t under the restraints I’m under, I’d feel so liberated. When I tell them the way I feel, it’s like they hear but they’re really not listening.”

“I never wanted to become one of those prisoner people. I always wanted to feel free.”

“I think I’ve learnt my lesson now and enough is enough.”

Source:
Britney Spears says she feels like a prisoner

Britney Spears: Life Is “Like Groundhog Day”

Britney: Life is worse than jail

See also:
Permanent Conservatorship

Big Money Conservatorship

No Right To Counsel

Bad News For Britney

Prisoner People

November 20, 2008
Britney Spears, whose father Jamie Spears is still the conservator of her finances and affairs, now says her tightly controlled existence feels “like Groundhog Day” and she feels “Like a Prisoner.”

In the new 90 minute documentary “Britney: For The Record”, airing on Nov 30 on MTV, executive-produced by Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph, the Pop Princess admits:

“There’s no excitement, there’s no passion.I have really good days, and then I have bad days.”

“Even when you go to jail, y’know, there’s the time when you’re gonna get out. But in this situation, it’s never ending. It’s just like Groundhog Day every day.”

“If you do something wrong in your work, you can move on, but I’m having to pay for a long time.”

“I think it’s too in control, If I wasn’t under the restraints I’m under, I’d feel so liberated. When I tell them the way I feel, it’s like they hear but they’re really not listening.”

“I never wanted to become one of those prisoner people. I always wanted to feel free.”

“I think I’ve learnt my lesson now and enough is enough.”

Source:
Britney Spears says she feels like a prisoner

Britney Spears: Life Is “Like Groundhog Day”

Britney: Life is worse than jail

See also:
Permanent Conservatorship

Big Money Conservatorship

No Right To Counsel

Bad News For Britney

>Who’s the Boss?

February 29, 2008

>What a Court-Appointed Conservator Really Means:

They are supposed to guard the fortunes of your family members — but find out how court-appointed conservators can con your loved ones out of their home, bank accounts, credit cards and everything they possess.

Source and Video:

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet

M and J Show

Who’s the Boss?

February 29, 2008

What a Court-Appointed Conservator Really Means:

They are supposed to guard the fortunes of your family members — but find out how court-appointed conservators can con your loved ones out of their home, bank accounts, credit cards and everything they possess.

Source and Video:

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet

M and J Show

Who’s the Boss?

February 29, 2008

What a Court-Appointed Conservator Really Means:

They are supposed to guard the fortunes of your family members — but find out how court-appointed conservators can con your loved ones out of their home, bank accounts, credit cards and everything they possess.

Source and Video:

The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet

M and J Show