March 6, 2012

Edwin & Ruby Shields should be in prison. Or hell. UPDATED

UPDATE to the last story - thanks to the news item, Mrs Major was found, safe, at a state hospital.

As I clicked around reading the news this morning, three nursing home-related stories caught my eye.  Anyone that has ever cared for an aging or ill person knows of the struggles, and the heartbreaking decisions that are sometimes made to commit a loved one to a care facility.  While I don't know that it was ever a conscious decision, the people I consider to be my side of the family have not gone the nursing home route.  My grandmother died suddenly.  During his final years, my grandfather lived with one of my aunts, with everyone pitching in to help.

Mr. Harper's dad lived in a boarding house-type of facility for a year or so before his death.  We weren't involved in the decision, but he seemed happy enough and well-cared for when we visited.  In fact, his caretakers remain in touch with the family.

It breaks my heart, and infuriates me, to read about people who mistreat those they are entrusted to care for.  Today's examples start across the pond, where in a stunning display of stupidity...
A retirement home in the UK has apologized after billing a grieving woman £3,000 (US$4,735) for not giving a month's notice of her father's death.
Yes, you read that right, the home requires advance notice if you plan on dying.
Kenneth Cann, who had lived in the facility for 17 months, passed away last month aged 79 after a long battle with dementia.

He had already paid £63,000 for his stay at the aged care home, but according to a letter sent to his daughter, £3,052 was still owed because she had not given the required four weeks notice in the "event of a resident moving out or passing away."
What you would expect now is some sort of announcement that this was a typo, or mistake.  Nope, they really do have a 'death notice' provision, and they aren't doing away with it, though they did say they will shorten it to 7 days notice.  A death tariff.  You have got to be kidding me.

In Ohio, a man was killed when a METH LAB caused a nursing home to catch fire.  A meth lab in a nursing home.  Do you think that was listed in the activities brochure?

Closer to home, a Seagoville, Texas, facility closed, moved the residents to other locations without telling the families and lost one family's mother.
The owner (Edwin Shields) shut down Seagoville Haven on January 3 and moved the eight remaining residents to several boarding houses he owns nearly 20 miles away in South Dallas.
Yet by the time the Majors realized this in late February, their mother was gone again.
Leatha Major, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, apparently walked out of a boarding house on Chalet Lane on January 11, six weeks earlier.
The police department has no record of any missing persons report.  The owners claim they called both the family and the police - but can't recall who called, who they talked to, when it was, or how many times they called.  They also never had the correct licensing for the facility.  So what is their defense for losing a resident?
Shields then suggested that Major's children would have known about the moving plans if they had visited their mother more often.
"Her family should have been concerned with her when she was in Seagoville," he said. "Now they’re upset because mamma's not there… when they should have visited with her more often."
What a piece of shit.  That statement alone should land that S.O.B. in hell.  This man makes a living (supposedly) taking care of people.  How dare he shift blame to a family doing the best they can to provide a safe place for their mother?

It's cases like these that make me wish I had a pile of disposable income and endless resoursces, to help search for that woman and to make the owner's life miserable.


CenTexTim said...

"Edwin & Ruby Shields should be in prison. Or hell."

Or in a nursing home run by someone just like them.

InsomniacSeeker said...

This makes me even more blessed to have the BEST sister in law on Earth taking care of my Mother at home. Not only at home, but they all moved from their house to my Mother's house so it wouldn't upset her routine, as she has Alzheimers, and you try to keep them in familiar (to a certain extent) environments and routine.

I can't believe they families were't notified by mail about their family members being moved. I really want to hunt them down and hurt them.