New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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mereialization, a shift from family caring and commitment to a business arrangement that often promotes itself with color brochures and slide-tape presentations.
“They can pro\ ide for all their con-servatees’ needs, from buying slippers or dentures, but they don't provide the social contact that is necessary, said Janet Morris, a Legal Services attornev in Los Angeles.
The influx of professionals has many causes. The movement of retirees to the Sun Belt where professional guardianship thrives, has cut off many of the aged from
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families and friends.
Hospitals and nursing homes looking for someone to guarantee the payment of bills for elderly patients often direct cases to private guardians when family or government agencies are not available “People will have some sort of crisis that puts them in a hospital or a nursing home and they can t return home The discharge planners at the hospital have to get them out and they come to us.” said Judith Chinelio, a guardian in Glendale. Calif., whose office receives 25 referrals a month, mostly from health care centers borne companies court nusiness from hospitals and nursing homes.
agreeing to take on wards with few resources in consideration for referrals to better-off wards
'If we can make enough to meet the payroll, we ll take on charity cases, said Bob Webster, deputy director of Planned Protective Services Inc . a non-profit Los Angeles company
Some companies aim for specific markets. Ourself Conservatorship Services in Santa Ana, Calif . avoids committing itself to wards with
estates of under six figures “We have to tried to stay with estates of $150,000 and over,” said Judy Okon ski “We have a policy of staying with these people until they expire.” Professional guardianship does not come cheap Ms Chinelio charges $65 an hour for her time, less for duties performed by workers who may cook, clean or chauffeur a ward Planned Protective Services bills at $37 50 an hour for nearly all its ser vices, but offers them free to 42 per cent of its 2oo w ards
Alternatives to gardianship
EDITOR S iXOTE 4s troubled as the nation's guardianship system is today, experts say the strains will grow far worse in the future 4* the population grays the outlook for effective guardianship darkens This the final part of “Guardians of the Elderly An Ailing Sy stem. “ looks at the future
By FRED BAYLES and SCOTT MCCARTNEY Associated Press Writers
MIAMI (AP — Judge Mole Ten drub picks up the telephone in his chambers to conclude guardianship proceedings on a lot year-old man bed ridden and diagnosed a* senile and chronically ill
' Frank." the judge says to Frank Repensek. executive director of the Guardianship Program of Dade County Inc . “can you take somebody for us°“
With a quick phone call and a hearing” in which he was the only participant, the judge has decided the fate of another senior citizen
It happens almost every day here With its booming elderly population
Florida, some say. reflects the demographic future of the nation a glimp.se of what the aging population w ill look like in 2o years And so in this state rich in retirees the future of the nation s guardian ship sy stem may also be found Nowhere is the need for quality care greater for the elderly yet almost nowhere, experts say are the probate courts more overburdened with guardianship the qualify of justice so variant, the oversight and due process, in some counties so suspect.
The problem is the courts were never set up and never intended to leal with the volume ** said Kepensek. who added Tendrich -case to his 27<> other w urds
Vs people get older there-s going to have to bt* some sy '-tem tor dealing w »h the legal and persona' needs of these people Guardianship is not the best alternative But wnat we re tat ed with right now is that it s what s available ' he said
What the probate courts are faced with ate number* The government predicts that in the next 15 y< irs the number of older people in the United Slates will jump 22 percent to nearly 35 million The group older than 75, those most likely to face guardianship, ac cording to an Associated Press s.udy will grow from about 12 million to lo million by the year 20 to. and the group over 85 will triple to 8 h million people
Today those who deal with guar deanships, probate courts and the elderly predict that the need for greater oversight and tools such as court investigators will become more critical and legislature* will be called on to change state law* to improve due process anti <•- art care of the elderly
Already, volunteer programs arni alternatives to guardianship ate c ropping up In South Bend Iud for example the task of looking after many of the community's elderly has fallen on tough minded cigar -moking county prosecutor Mike Barnes ruder Indiana's Adult Protective service Act prosecutors like Barnes must minister to abused and neglected old people prosecuting their tormentor* and more frequent Iv assisting them to carry on with their lives Barnes can get them help to do their shopping clean their home* and keep track of ut iii! > bill*
Of all his tools, the last choice is guardianship
That is the least preferable alter native as far as we're concerned ” Barnes says * The whole thrust of this program is that there be reliance and self-reliance/’
The prosecutor echoes the thought-. of a variety of nonprofit groups, chur ches and charities across the country that offer alternatives to guardian ship a process that strips people ot all rights and puts their lives in the hands of others Advocating options such as power of attorney and social service help like Meals on Wheels, these pro grams strive to keep the elderly in their homes with rights and dignity intact
The Cathedral Foundation, a Jacksonville, Flu church charity, has provided services, including money management to 1,(100 old p«*o-ple since 1978 univ 40 ended up in guardianships “Guardianship is totally, philosophically the opposite of wfiat we try' to do,” said reresa Barton, the foundation s community .services director “The system s was of deal
ing with it was to remove the person from their home. We said, ‘Let's create a support system that lets them stay at home"'
In some cases, the elderly have come up with their own solutions, even creating programs to blunt guardianship petitions within retire ment communities.
“Guardianship-conservatorship is a very impersonal and costly ser vice.” said Ralph Raymond, an 84-year-old Tempe, Ariz . retiree who set up a volunteer program for hi* neighbors “It's a completely unsatisfactory last resort Barnes' office and Cathedral use tools common to other alternative programs, such as durable power ol attorney, where specific decision making powers are assigned to another person and representative payee, where a person i* given limited authority over another's financial matters But there is resistance to such alternatives Milton Bi\ a Minneapolis probate attorney, worrit* that plans without the court supervision mandated under guardianship open the door to financial abuse*
“I’m scared to death ol it Bix said of durable power of attorney It means Ie*.* guardianship *o while their civ ii rights are being protected their assets are not Some states and judges tot), have tried their own min; reform movements in 1981 Minnesota made guardianship hearings mandatory, improved notice sent to proposed ward* chang ed the standard required for proof of incompetence to clear and convincing” evidence instead of tho weaker preponderance of the evidence anti required courts to check on each guardianship annually The changes followed the Min neapolis Tribune* exposing )f misdealings by a company appointed guardian of more than too people In Tucson \riz Superior Court Judge Alice Truman took it upon herself to require guardians to report on the welfare of their wards After all ‘ the judge said the guardian is responsible for the person s life and well teeing
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The New Braunfels Utilities will conduct a Public Auction of Salvage Vehicles and .Assorted Equipment beginning at 10:(H> a rn. Friday. October 2, 1987, at which time the vehicles and equipment will be sold to the highest bidder A packet outlining items for sale, information and guidelines for the Auction may be obtained from the New Braunfels Utilities, 263 Fast Main Plaza. New Braunfels, Texas or by calling 512 629-8471 This packet is only a guide and is subject to additions and deletions Announcements made the day of sale will take precedence over anv printed material.
The Public Auction of Salvage Vehicles and Assorted Equipment will t>e conducted at the LUKA Plant located at Panda and Fredericks burg Streets. New Braunfels. Texas The New Braunfels Utilities reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Everything sells “AS IS/’ “WHERE IS Th* highest bidder is required to pay for purchases regardless of faults The condition and servicea bility of any piece of equipment is expressed onl> by the owner and absolutely no warranty or guarantee is given or implied The New Braunfels Utilities appreciates your interest and looks forward to your participation in this public auction.
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