As a 17-year private geriatric social worker and local advocate for the elderly, the glimpse into our state’s issues regarding when and how conservatorships are granted is long overdue. While these two individuals and their attorneys question the necessity and validity of a conservator, many other frail, at risk, mentally and physically impaired senior adults are often never given a chance to escape the fate of their impairment.
If they are not offered legal representation to hold state agencies accountable, who can leave them in deplorable conditions with obvious judgment and cognitive impairment claiming that they could put a word or two together, for example, it negates their chance for help.
Are we so fearful of liability that we turn a “blind eye” and become complacent and lacking in accountability? While our judge, doctors and care agencies are questioned, let’s challenge these advocacy groups and lawmakers who have spoken out on this particular case to consider how additional protective measures, although well intentioned, will add additional delay to any chance of rescue for others. If there is any doubt, we too have front page worthy pictures that have not made it to press... just yet.
Editorial: Conservatorship Works