Anyone can report; certain professions directly involved in providing services are mandated reporters.The General Public is told it's perfectly all right to call the Elder Abuse Hot line if they even "think" there might be elder abuse.
Unfortunately, at least in the State of Missouri, the people responsible for investigating these reports have been and continue to be inadequately selected for their positions of responsibility determining changes in human lives and inadequately trained in Geriatrics including Dementia in all its forms.
Seniors need protection. Elder Abuse Laws are an important means of protection. Systems and Procedures leading to disruption of life of individuals and families due to intended or unintended negligence in due diligence regarding Elder Abuse Hot line Reports must be recognized and Statues must be drawn to protect the innocent as well as punish the guilty.
Abuse is defined by the State of Missouri on this page. It specifically states Abuse is "injury or harm". The online dictionary defines "injury" and "harm" as significant actions on the part of someone against another which inflicts damages. Missouri Law is written to attempt to protect Seniors but it also protects predators using Undue Influence and provides a means through which they can use the Law to their advantage.
JULIA, WHAT ABOUT MY DAUGHTER AND MY HUSBAND? My daughter dropped out of college to help with the 24/7 care of her Grandmother and her father. Why didn't you cite her as an abuser or at least an enabler?
As my daughter says, she was in her twenties and should have been considered someone who contributed to the abuse, allowing it to happen, an enabler, or possibly a participator.
What did you say that excluded either of them from your allegations?
Why didn't the DHSS even question my daughter about possible abuse of my Mom by me?
My husband had contact with many people including friends, relatives, members of our Church and others. Why wouldn't he ask one of them to report Elder Abuse of my Mom as he would have witnessed it.
He had a cell phone; I wasn't always with him; why didn't he call the Elder Abuse Hotline?
My daughter was constantly in and out of our home and had her own cell phone as well. If there was abuse as you claim, why didn't she file an Elder Abuse Hotline report or contact someone from the DHSS? She'd met with them when they visited our home at my request to seek further care and socialization for Mom.
As an adult, why would she allow her grandmother to be abused in a home where she lived for so many years?
WHY, JULIA? Why did you continue to return a very elderly woman to a home where you believe she was financially and emotionally abused?
How long was it from the date you made the report until you took her to open a joint safety deposit box and remove my POA?
Why did you walk away each time and if you believed what you said, "endanger" Mom? How could you if you believed what you reported?
Why didn't you contact a charity you supported, ALIVE, or Catholic Charities with whom you're very familiar?
He was a Senior; he was incapable of protecting himself, he was also somewhat isolated in our home although attended by Home Health Care a couple of times a week and numerous returns for hospitalization.
Mom spoke with many people without my being present and yet there was never a question to me, never a report to the DHSS about suspected "abuse" generating an investigation?
In fact, there was no contact from the DHSS that wasn't originated through my efforts to seek more medical or social services care for Mom before and during the time until we discovered your actions in late 2010.
What exactly were the specifics of the emotional and financial abuse, Julia?
Mom never paid one cent of her Social Security and she came into our home with no savings and no source of income from the age of 57 until 62. At age 63, Mom began travelling the world: her first trip was to Hawaii and the cost was more than her total yearly accumulated monthly checks for the preceeding year.
Each year after that until she was 87, Mom travelled and used all her SS money to travel the world. She's been several times to Europe (Western, Central and Eastern); Cruises in the Caribbean, Greek Isles, on European Rivers, on the Nile in Egypt, to Alaska and in China.
Mom had her own private room, double bed, dressing table with chair, nightstands and several lamps for reading and good lighting, carpeting throughout, a walk in closet, a double dresser, a TV and remote control, an automatic lift chair, a railing was installed to assist her lifting her body to a sitting position on the bed, guard rails on the tub, different types of shower chairs and frequent bathing, installed rails on toilets she used, safety rails installed, all area rugs removed, higher watt bulbs installed to ease sight. As she aged, steps were eliminated on the outside of the home and installation of a board walkway allowing easier departure and entry, carpeting was removed from steps leading from one level of the home to another, breakable items were put out of reach. This only begins a very long list of adjustments, additions, provisions and inclusions we made as Mom aged in our home, in the home she used to love to call "her home".
Did you possibly misrepresent your credentials or work in some way to cause them to act so irresponsibly and unprofessionally?