Writer's Note: 1-26-15. Noticed a few days ago additions to Missouri State Statues requiring "imminent danger" for the Elder to be investigated. Did not find any definitions. Did not find any references to Guidelines, Systems of Procedures for the DHSS or the Adult Protective Worker and the effect of this "change" is 2017.
Missouri DHSS guidelines for hiring entry level people given the responsibility for making Medicaid decisions don't even require a college degree. These "workers" aren't required to have a degree in Social Work, undergraduate or graduate or to be a LCW. They can have a GED and a few years working with the general public (fast food or retail gets a State job determining the lives of individuals and families?). One year of work at the DHSS and a few internal courses and they can become an Adult Protective Worker.
Writer's Note: 1-26-15. I've discovered in recent months that Medicare provides specific lengths of time for "Respite" and that Respite is for the "family' and not for the "Senior".
DECEIT AND DECEPTION ON THE PART OF THE DHSS. Without investigating, without any interview of me, my daughter or my husband, who was alive at the time and living in the "same environment" and in a much more weakened and "vulnerable state" and also a Senior under Missouri Law, I was told Respite would be good for Mom as we'd asked for additional Adult Day Care time and the APW suggested this as an alternative.
She's been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia; it's in very advanced stages; it had been going on while you, Julia, kept telling me there was "absolutely nothing" wrong with my Mom mentally even though she was exhibiting classic (as we now know) LBD symptoms of hallucinations, delusions, difficulty with her gait/walking and other symptoms.
Everyone should visit the website of the Lewy Body Dementia Association to understand this Dementia. People with the disease can appear to function quite well; someone, however, working with men and women on a regular basis with Dementia and Alzheimer's as Julia did, would see these "guideposts". A Registered Nurse trained in one of the top Nursing Schools in the US as Julia was and specializing in caring for this group should definitely see the Dementia.
My life was turned upside down. My character and integrity were assaulted.We suffered irreparable financial loss. Yet through working for extending providing a better life for other Seniors, I’ve found a beginning closure and made lemonade out of one of life’s lemons.
WHY, JULIA? Why deny making the call reporting what is looked upon as a crime? Or, if it was a “mistake”, acknowledging the mistake, if indeed it was one?
I know you've been a highly competitive and capable tennis player since college (possibly even before) and that you are very good at evaluating your opponent and playing to their weakness while advancing your game.
Human life is not a game, Julia; Seniors are not to be used like tennis balls.