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Valued Social Butterfly
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Re: Elder Abuse of my brother resulting in his death

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As others have asked, who was his caregiver?

 

Kind of hard for a person in a coma to drink, eat, take meds by mouth and get up to go to the bathroom.  Fluids, meds, food would have to be given intravenously.

So who was suppose to be taking care of him?  

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Re: Elder Abuse of my brother resulting in his death

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capresto wrote:

My brother Robert  was left bed bound in a coma for five days before 911 was called.  He had no water, no medicine and no food for those five days.  He had been allowed to urinate on himself in his room and the house reeked of urine even over two weeks later.  Because he had no water he was severely dehydrated when he arrived at the hospital.  The doctors could not understand why he was so dehydrated but of course the reasons were not disclosed to them.  Robert may have been down 7 liters of fluid.

On the advice of an attorney I reported the matter to the police.  However, they have been trying to make this investigation go away.

What gives????  How does one make them properly investigate Elder Abuse?  Are we all at risk because they do not want to prosecute these perpetrators?


I agree with everyone else's posts. I'd simply escalate until someone pays attention: the county Ombudsman has the important job of watching for abuse or neglect and pursuing the solution. Up the chain of command, which includes the constituent services workers at each of your elected officials: congresspeople and senators. Bug them all. Find out how the system works. Keep going until you get justice. 

 

Might also have to hire an attorney, but make the 'system' work first before you pay out money. A malpractice attorney preferable.

 

go for it.

 

jane

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Re: Elder Abuse of my brother resulting in his death

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I am so incredibly sorry to read of your loss.

 

I would suggest you contact State authorities (in Nevada, we call 211 for state contact info); I know in my Nevada they are very serious about this and have people who specialize in investigating this type of abuse.

 

Bless you and your family and know you are in our thoughts during this trying time.

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Re: Elder Abuse of my brother resulting in his death

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"...On the advice of an attorney I reported the matter to the police.  However, they have been trying to make this investigation go away.

What gives????  How does one make them properly investigate Elder Abuse?  Are we all at risk because they do not want to prosecute these perpetrators?...".

 

Chiming in with other posting. Who was responsible? Did he have a caregiver that didn't show up? Did he have someone designated to handle his legal affairs?  To prosecute for Elder Abuse, someone has to have contractual responsibility to take care of him. Who was that?

 

"....The doctors could not understand why he was so dehydrated but of course the reasons were not disclosed to them....".  Why not?


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Re: Elder Abuse of my brother resulting in his death

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@capresto - I'm sorry for your loss! You haven't mentioned who was caring for your brother, and which family member(s) were responsible for oversight, if the caregiver was a paid professional. Did the attorney give you any guidance about the next step to take, after notifying the police?


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Elder Abuse of my brother resulting in his death

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My brother Robert  was left bed bound in a coma for five days before 911 was called.  He had no water, no medicine and no food for those five days.  He had been allowed to urinate on himself in his room and the house reeked of urine even over two weeks later.  Because he had no water he was severely dehydrated when he arrived at the hospital.  The doctors could not understand why he was so dehydrated but of course the reasons were not disclosed to them.  Robert may have been down 7 liters of fluid.

On the advice of an attorney I reported the matter to the police.  However, they have been trying to make this investigation go away.

What gives????  How does one make them properly investigate Elder Abuse?  Are we all at risk because they do not want to prosecute these perpetrators?