Monday, January 25, 2010

"I Would Have Never Thought This Could Happen To An Individual In This Country.”

If there is one theme that we see over and over is this "I would have never thought this could happen to an individual in this country.” Even though the media is allowed to mention individual cases now and then , they are not allowed to tie it all in and make the connection and those who have enjoyed an unexpected career change, blogs who are not regulated(yet) can withstand the heat even though some of us have had to leave the country in order to be able to speak freely without fear of retribution and we have been busy documenting case after case yet it never ceases to amaze me how surprised people act when caught in the dragnet that is becoming ever increasingly hungry for your parents accumulated cash stash.

If there is one thing that we all have in common including , Janet Phelan, Lou Ann Anderson,
Tom Fields, Irene Masiello and of course myself along with many thousands of others is this...

We also din't think this could happen here! Welcome to the club!

P.O. Box 206 A, Derrick City, PA 16727
(814) 368-9165

Congressman urges investigation into Pa. woman’s dilemma

BRADFORD, Pa. – U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (Rep.-7th District) is urging the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to investigate how a longtime Bradford resident has been held for nearly three years in an assisted-living facility in Florida against her wishes and those of her loved ones.

Rita Denmark, 79, who suffers from age-apparent dementia, is under a court-appointed Florida guardianship. However, she is a resident of Pennsylvania, and neither she nor her family wants her in Florida.

In a letter dated Jan. 12, 2010, Sestak urged Acting Department of Aging Secretary John M. Hall to “please also investigate this matter, since the question of residency appears to be an issue.” Sestak further asked that he be informed of developments in the matter.

After exhausting her personal financial resources for legal fees and travel over the past three years, Denmark’s daughter, Holly L. Peffer of Derrick City outside Bradford, contacted the Congressman for help this month.

Peffer, herself certified by the National Guardianship Association Inc., said “There are currently pending motions and notices before both the Pennsylvania and Florida courts” arguing that the Florida court had no jurisdiction to appoint a guardian for a Pennsylvania resident.

A member of the National Association to Stop Guardianship Abuse, Peffer said of the situation: “I would not wish this nightmare on my worst enemy… I would have never thought this could happen to an individual in this country.”

“It has been quite a learning experience, and when the Congressman’s letter arrived in my mailbox on Saturday my heart was filled with joy to know that my mother really does matter.”

Peffer said she has come to realize that her family’s situation is only one, of thousands of cases in the United States where guardianship of an elderly person appears to benefit only a professional guardian. It appears, these professional guardians are accountable to no one. Currently legally prohibited from contact with her mother, Peffer says she and other friends and family are sincerely concerned for Denmark’s health and well-being under this guardian’s care for a variety of reasons, including conditions found during on-site visits to the facility where Denmark is being held and whether that type of facility is appropriate for Denmark at all.

Now, however, Peffer hopes that the attention from Sestak and the Department of Aging will see her mother home by spring.


PLEASE NOTE: Peffer has detailed records of the case history, and may be contacted for further information or interviews at the phone or addresses above.

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