The family of a 94-year-old woman kept vigil this week at her bedside in an Orland Park nursing home, protesting strong pain medication being administered to her that they believe is slowly killing their beloved aunt.
They've picketed outside the Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Community to bring attention to the end-of-life care they say Lydia Tyler's court-appointed guardian has initiated without their input.
"It's just wrong," said Tyler's niece, Mary Sue Richards. "We're watching it play out and we're totally helpless."
But others say the story of Tyler is centered on a family spat over her estate that may, or may not, be worth a lot of money.
For the past year, Tyler has been watched over by a court-appointed guardian, Pamela Chwala, a registered nurse who is not a family member. Tyler has been at Brighton Gardens since January 2007 and previously lived at a nursing home in Burr Ridge.
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Family Members Upset With Care of Elderly Aunt