PA Holds 73 Yr Ol Widow against will in nursing home while family wants her home
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Dear Sir /Madam
Hello, my name is Shannon Saucier and I am contacting you to ask for your help on behalf of my 74 year old mother, Phyllis Britton.
My mother is a resident of the state of Pennsylvania & has been since 1949. Parkesburg, Pennsylvania is where she & my father built a home, raised my brother, John , and myself .
In October of 2017, she was pulled over in Salem , Virginia due to driving erratically from dangerously high blood sugar. She was returning home after the burial of my father, William Britton.
The state troopers had her transported to Catawba Hospital once they concluded that she was not intoxicated with neither alcohol or drugs and she has been there ever since . Against her will. For over 3 months they have refused to release her regardless of the fact that she is not a threat to herself or others. She has broken no laws in ANY state , she has a support system here in her home state of Pennsylvania, and the financial means to have a visiting nurse if it’s necessary. I also live less than 15 minutes away and have offered to bring her home, to my house.
All to no avail. When my mother was first admitted to Catawba , no one tried to contact myself or my brother , who are her legal next of kin and they have yet to ever call and notify us of anything. Catawba Psychiatric Hospital has also failed to contact any of my mothers long term physicians in Pennsylvania for her medical history. Although I was able to have one of her long term physicians to speak to her on the phone & he is of the opinion that she should be released.
Now , on January 5,2018 my mother was transferred to Roanoke Hospital from Catawba Psychiatric Hospital after being found by an aide unresponsive from dangerously low blood sugar. So low in fact , that the machine couldn’t give a read out . Again, Catawba Psychiatric Hospital failed to notify neither my brother or myself about the decline in my mothers health while in their care. Then behind my back I found out that the PA Chester County Department of Aging was urging the VIRGINIA Hospital not to go ahead with their discharge plan. All the while telling me , my mother and my aunt that she would be going home they were working to put her in a facility behind her back with the help of an estranged brother they got named temporary guardian. They have her now in a nursing home here in PA with a room as small as a bathroom with no tv and no window. I’ve been told that if she wants a tv that I would have to purchase it and pay the monthly cable bill- this is a place that is not only getting her social security and pensions that total around $4000/month plus owns assets in the hundreds of thousands. Now that I have had him removed as guardian, an independent guardian has been named and the PA Chester County Department of Aging is not supposed to have any further involvement, I’m asking to have my mothers and my own wish granted that she return home to us to be cared for and no longer have a judge, Social Worker or guardian obstruct her happiness in her golden years. And I can assure you her room will have windows, a tv and whatever else her heart desires instead of warehousing her like a criminal oops I think even criminals get TVs now
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