Friday, November 30, 2012
Eldercare guardianship case in VA suggests need for tighter regulation of "paid" caregivers
Justin Jouvenal has a detailed front page story in the Washington Post, Friday November 30, 2012, about how guardians can abuse the elderly and their families. The title is “Guardian fees come under scrutiny; As population ages, concern rises about lack of oversight of those responsible for elderly and incapacitated”, (online it is “Guardianship case in McLean illustrates lack of regulation for those caring for the elderly”), link here.
The specific case concerns the family of Samuel Drakulich and a law firm, Needham, Mitnick and Pollack (NMP) which took over guardianship when the adult children couldn’t agree on some aspects of their parents’ care, according to the story.
In my case, I had a power of attorney for my mother, and it really did confer a lot of “power”. In theory, it could be regulated by Adult Protective Services, and others (such as hospice) could have the capability to report suspected abuse.