Michael contacted our office when his elderly neighbor and long time friend was in the hospital following a serious fall. Although his friend John had family that lived out of the area, there was a history of strained family dynamics and the family had not had much contact with John in many years. Michael and his wife had been helping John with healthcare and finances for over a decade and Michael had been appointed Health Care Agent, but given the difficult family situation, he felt uncomfortable dealing with John’s family.
Michael retained our services to provide Facility Care Oversight and Discharge Assistance for John. Additionally, Michael requested we help John address the difficult situation with his family. We met with John and discussed the situation. John explained he was feeling a great amount of pressure from his family and he was very concerned they were preparing to challenge his competency to make his own decisions.
After successful discharges first from the hospital and then rehab, due to his inability to navigate the many stairs in his home and the need for full time care (John is 95), PSA provided three recommendations for Placement Assistance companies to John find an appropriate RCFE (Residential Care Facility for the Elderly – formerly called Board and Care) for John where he is living safely and is able to have friends visit in a comfortable environment..
Using the extensive PSA list of vetted professionals, Michael and John were able to retain the services of an Elder Abuse Attorney to address the threats of the family. Acting on his attorneys recommendations PSA was able to help John set interviews and retain the services of a professional Fiduciary to manage his financial affairs and act as his Health Care Agent.
Michael is now again able to be there for John as a friend and both are relieved to know a professional fiduciary is now in place to manage all of the health and financial needs.