My Father's estate was embezzled by a paid home health provider, one that I hired. Dad lived in CA at the time and I was in AZ. This paid care giver became engaged to marry dad, brought in her own attorney, had Dad revoke his POA, his medical care directive, and sign his personal property over to her and her adult children, who were on unemployment at the time. I learned that legal documents prepared on behalf of the Senior are not worth the paper they are written on. They can be revoked with the stroke of a pen, unless you have been deemed incompetent BY THE STATE. Dad had a family trust that was established 10 years prior and it was revoked with one stroke of the pen. The care giver told Dad that I wouldn’t allow him to write checks, and that he was signing for a new checking account.
That incident cost Dad over one million dollars and me over $250,000 in legal fees, in addition to 3 years of my business income. It has left Dad penniless, me financially bankrupt, and both emotionally and physically drained. Someone needs to wake up. What is the value of a revocable trust if an elder can sign it away with the persuasion of a home care provider? This is been a costly lesson for me and for Dad. One from which we can not recover.
By the way, this home care provider administered morphine, without consulting me, and at the direction of Hospice, since she was "in the home". I was told by hospice that i was interfering with Dad’s care, even though I was his trustee, and his POA and medical care director at the time. I was the one who HIRED Hospice. Dad was poisoned by morphine, and when he began to projectile vomit blood, he was given 24-48 hours to live. This care giver then emailed her new POA to Dad's attorney who in turn called me and APS. I was ordered by the state to file for a guardianship.
Hospice social workers and nurses need to have more PRACTICAL experience before deciding to administer a drug that can kill a senior without the family or POA's approval. Dad is still alive and doing well, but I do not trust Hospice providers.
This care giver was not bondable, but cost me 3 years in court, objecting to my guardianship, stating that I had hired her to murder Dad, but to make him suffer before dying.. Where is the justice in the legal system, and where is the protection for our Seniors? I am disappointed in an elder care system that promotes fraud, disregards trusts, and in a Hospice service that promotes marriage between a Senior that is obviously unable to protect himself and a paid care giver 30 years his junior. I have lost all faith in the elder care system. I think it's time for these young social workers to get some experience before instigating corruption to the very people they were hired to assist.