Topic

elder abuse

16 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Guardian Services of Penn, Judge Platt

PA Holds 73 Yr Ol Widow against will in nursing home while family wants her home

UPDATE: My mother is STILL being kept at Sunrise Nursing Home in West Chester Pa . There phone number is 6103994474 against her will. In their own words she “is sharp as a tack” and are considering moving her into a more “INDEPENDENT LIVING UNIT” BUT STILL REFUSE TO LISTEN AND FOLLOW HER WISHES TO LIVE WITH HER FAMILY. Please contact Sunrise and Ashley Kelly to voice your concerns over my moms constitutional rights being violated and the state selling off assets to pay for care she doesn’t need! Dear Sir /MadamHello, 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 

Shannon Britton-McElyea
109 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Justice

Overhaul the VA Fiduciary Program That Hurts Veterans More Than It Helps

1) The VA Fiduciary Program was established to protect Veterans and other beneficiaries who – due to injury, disease, or age – are unable to manage their own financial affairs; and  2) A VA payee, referred to by the VA as a VA fiduciary, is a paid position held by an individual or organization appointed to manage a Veteran’s VA benefit payments when a Veteran is deemed to be financially incompetent by a court or by the VA; and  3) The VA Fiduciary Program has been rife with fraud stemming from fiduciaries funneling money and assets from vulnerable veterans; and 4) VA OIG found that the Eastern Area Fiduciary Hub (EAFH), located in Indianapolis, did not properly investigate most complaints against fiduciaries and of the 12 determinations that were made by EAFH almost $1 million had been stolen from veterans, which means that the total dollar amount of misuse and potential fraud was likely well over $1 million had the VA properly investigated the matter– other OIG investigations have uncovered millions more missing from Veteran accounts in other hubs; and 5) Part of the problem is a lack of oversight – some of the VA appointed fiduciaries have criminal records, but were still approved; and  6)  OIG investigations also found that the required audits of the fiduciaries were not being done by the VA, and this allowed the thefts to continue for years; and  7) In some cases the VA doesn’t tell the Veteran that they appointed a fiduciary and emptied the bank accounts of the Veteran; and  8) In some cases, VA employees (unlawfully) gave VA fiduciaries permission to sell the Veteran’s home and unlawfully took the Social Security payments of the Veteran’s wife and gave those to the VA Fiduciary; and 9) In some cases the Veteran called the VA to report the financial abuse but was denied help by VA employees, because the vulnerable Veteran could not provide “proof” of the abuse; and  10) Formal complaints filed with VA OIG about VA Fiduciary Program employees (i.e., field examiners and designated fraud investigators), are being denied because VA OIG no longer investigates complaints filed against the VA Fiduciary Program, rather Veterans are being redirected to the applicable fiduciary hub suspected of malfeasance so the VA Fiduciary Program at that fiduciary hub can investigate itself for malfeasance; and 11) The Department of Justice (www.justice.gov/elderjustice/va-benefits-fraud-0 is giving out wrong information to Veterans of VA fiduciary abuse, such as referring Veterans to VA OIG; and  12) Vulnerable veterans are being wronged by both malfeasance of the VA Fiduciary and the institutional incompetence of the VA Fiduciary Program;   Veterans cannot do this alone and that is why they need your help with seeking  legislation and changes to applicable regulations that require the VA to overhaul the VA Fiduciary Program by creating a better monitoring system, a timely dispute resolution system when beneficiaries make complaints, initiate investigations based on suspected reports of fiduciary fraud rather than putting the burden of proof on the vulnerable veteran, and make an outside agency, such as VA OIG, responsible for investigating complaints of VA employees who work in the VA Fiduciary Program and Fiduciary Hubs.

Jamie Fox
25 supporters