Sunday, November 24, 2013

Brevard court has doctor shortage to help with guardian cases

The court needs more doctors who are willing to examine people in Brevard County, as a part of a process to appoint guardians, to see if they are able to make decisions on their own.

If someone is unable to make decisions, the court can authorize a guardian to do so on his or her behalf. But with an increasing caseload and the retirement of one of the two doctors typically called upon for the process, Brevard is in need, according to court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy.

Chief Judge John Harris explained such a situation could impact any average family. Typically, it involves an elderly person dealing with issues of dementia, but it could also be someone who suffered a head injury. The court can then appoint a guardian to make that person’s financial or medical decisions. The process to appoint a guardian includes having a doctor make a report after examining the person — looking at medical records, talking to the patient, their primary physician and their family.

Hundreds of people every year require this sort of help from the court system — attorney William Johnson described one recent case where a woman in her 80s needed a guardian. She lives in Eau Gallie and she’s adamant about staying in the home her father built in the 1950s, but she began wandering away from home. Her son, who is in his 60s and has health issues of his own, was “at his wits end,” trying to care for her, Johnson said. Her home had been broken into, the police have been there about six times in the past month and strangers started drinking beer on her porch.

Johnson said the Department of Children and Families was called. They determined the situation was unsafe. A professional guardian assessed the woman and agreed with DCF. The son consented, agreeing that he could no longer be her caregiver, Johnson said.

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Brevard court has doctor shortage to help with guardian cases


Thelma said...

The protective system could work if there were more caring judges.

StandUp said...

Did they really mean to say there's a shortage of doctors in their pockets?

Barbara said...

What about the family doctor? Wouldn't the family doctor know best?

Rocky said...

I would not trust any doctor that is in any way connected/involved in the probate court system which oversees the guardians and their preditory team of snakes; APS,
lawyers,doctors, and any other head hunters they may use working in the health care facilities, (which could be just about anyone) to help them corner thier prey. Once the doctors determine incapacity on the victom, the death sentence goes in effect. It's disgusting to comprehend a doctor being an accomplice to murder, yet in this industry of organized legal cannibalism, anything goes in the name of loot! Did someone say HOLOCAUST!!!?

To all my friends who join me in this enormous battle fighting guardianship/elder abuse,and exposing the biggest scandal of our time, I came up with a few very sad acronyms to digest...
W A R D:
We Are Ready to Die.
Why Are my Rights Discontinued?
We Are Really Doomed.
Without Any Reasonable Defense.
...My Darling, I Love You More Than Life Itself. I'm Your Soldier Pretty Girl. Hang in there if you can; let go if you can't. -WE WILL DANCE TOGETHER AGAIN IN GOD'S TIME. Forever Yours...

Anonymous said...

When did this poor woman last see a doctor?

Rocky said...

I suppose the last time she saw a doctor was 15 months ago when she was falsey determined incapacitated. She is now the property of an abusive guardian thoroughly isolated from her loved ones including myself. She was swooped into this life on death row after we reported her being raped by a staff member at the rehab facility she was receiving care at following a tailbone injury. APS alleged she was delusional thus lighting the fuse to begin the feeding frenzy and of course they forgot to inform me, her POA and Health Care Surrogate, that a petition for emergency guardianship was being filed. All standard procedure in this crime of legal kidnapping for the purpose of bleeding the estate. I could go on and on about all the disgusting circumstances revolving around this case, but it's just one story of countless comparable stories happening in most every city, of every state, in our nation. I'm fighting for her, while also fighting for this cause because this battle must be cut off at the head to win. NASGA, and other organizations like it, have been a great vehicle to achieve progress toward reform of the laws that allow these crimes of inhumanity to exist. Last night's radio program, (T.S. Radio,)is a must listen if you want to hear some viable solutions we all can do to help beat down this horrible monster. Thank you for letting me vent everyone. It's my way of staying strong due to the bottomless grief and loss I feel after losing my life partner.