OK, Essex County Superior Court Judge Mary Anne Sahagian has now awarded guardianship of 84-year-old Joseph Judd to his grandson, Vito Loiacono, as Loiacono had been seeking all along.
The judge told SeniorCare attorney Larry Varn of Pierce Atwood in Boston that the Gloucester-based nonprofit care service does not have "a horse in this race."
And Donnalee Leonardo, a court-appointed attorney who has looked into Judd's mental and physical state, found that the man who had to be rushed to Addison Gilbert Hospital in June 2010 with a near fatal glucose count while under SeniorCare's supervision is now "close to home, with lots more contact with his family now than before."
Indeed, she also found that Judd, who suffers from dimentia, among other ailments, but continues to recover from his brush with death at Seacoast Rehabilitation Center "would have wanted Vito Loiacono to be his guardian."
So why, pray tell, is SeniorCare continuing to actively contest Loiacono's request to become Judd's conservator — essentially, someone who would managed his grandfather's assets?
And why has SeniorCare declined to turn over Judd's health-care records — even to his own family?
Perhaps a better question in each of those cases is: How does SeniorCare have the right to stonewall Loiacono and other family members as it has.
Judd's family — and the community at large — deserve to know the truth about SeniorCare's care, and to have confidence in it. Right now, they can't — and only a thorough state probe can lift that cloud.
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Editorial: SeniorCare Case Cries Out for State Investigation