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Under penalty of Federal law (modified to add more penalties as of April 2003), Care providers cannot reveal any information about patients / former patients up to and including confirming where the patient resides unless permission is given by the family. In Robert's case, no permission was given to any facility to reveal any information.

For a short time, Robert was in a foster home. During that time, his privacy was not respected. The home owner openly discussed his condition and disclosed his location without permission (against Federal Patient Privacy laws). The owner admitted this in a letter.

Requests to omit disruptive subjects (such as happenings at Oaks) were ignored by home owner and caregivers thus keeping Robert in constant state of upset. This upset required additional medical procedures which put him at further risk. The foster home was giving him a blood thinner not prescribed by the doctor. Robert had to go through additional procedures to stop an internal bleeding problem that was increased by stress and eating solid food based on foster home not following doctor's orders as well as my requests.

My Power of Attorney included authority to over-ride doctors, medical staff and medical facilities if their actions were contrary to his best interest. The best example is when he needed blood (due to tear in his esophagus when eating solid food and stress from the care provided at the foster home). The doctor ordered a unit of blood in 2 hours which increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke in an older person. They waited until I was so tired I had to leave. I was less than 10 miles away when they called to tell me he had a minor heart attack. When I returned, I saw the 2 hour setting and made them change it to 4 hours. Being watchful and alert when another's life is in your hands is imparative. People on the outside incorrectly assume they know what is going on and criticized me. They weren't there to help him nor did they repay loans they received from him nor took steps to protect him from inappropriate attorney representation after Ruth's passing.

In addition, at the foster home, his bedside was not kept clear during the 11:00 pm to 7:00 am time frame. One side of the bed was against the wall and the other blocked with items (ie, wheel chair, 4-wheeled walker, commode) in effort to keep him from getting up during the night (most men his age have to use the restroom). One night, he fell over these items breaking his hip. Of course, I was not told the truth by the foster home owner.

His medication was another problem. Upon Robert's release from hospital (before entering this foster home), his medications were adjusted; however, the foster home did not check the hospital release documents I provided nor did they check with the doctor. This was confirmed in letter from owner of family home.

In Robert's case, a blood thinner was discontinued by the doctor upon his release from the hospital; however, the foster home continued to give it to him. When he broke his hip (due to their inability to provide a safe environment, the surgery was more risky because the doctor did not know his orders to the foster home were not being followed.

Another prescription problem arose when the foster home kept ordering a "take as needed" prescription that had been discontinued as Robert had a bad reaction. When I finally got a bill from the pharmacy, I discovered the foster home was renewing this prescription every month. At that point, I confronted the foster home owner and found they had 3 unopened bottles plus the original one I gave to them. This medicine was also discountinued yet foster home kept giving it to him.

One day I arrived at the foster care to find him sitting in a wheel chair at a table with his forehead resting on the table - he was so tired he couldn't hold his head up. His recliner was in his room. The caregiver on duty was sitting on the patio smoking. I was told he was left at the table to help increase his strength. He was 94.

Food offered should be examined carefully. Although meals are included in fees, Robert was unable to eat items served (fried foods such as bacon, tater tots, fish sticks, frozen dinner type of items) due to his swallowing problem.

Another problem arose when a resident (not a documented food handler) was allowed to cook for the other residents. Robert was given a peanut butter sandwich (he was allergic to peanuts and could have choked to death on solid food).

Robert had a fear of dog. Large dogs (more than 50 lbs) ran through the patient living area on several occasions.

Those not familiar with his health issues attempted to interfere with his care. If people really wanted to help, they would have been there to protect him from the attorney malpractice when Oaks Park Association was being set up (before I was part of his life) or repaid loans he made to them. Those who had outstanding loans would move without advising Robert of their new address nor phone number yet were first in line to be unkind to me at his passing.
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Updated 01.31.2013