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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 06:57 PM
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148. To be fair... This could be just a few people responsible
I disagree with other postings supposing corruption up and down the system.

If one overzealous caseworker started this, and was the contact person, it is possible for that caseworker to cause this without involving all that many other people at any level of real awareness.

For instance, the people who had the job of selling off the couple's possessions probably had never met the couple, were probably completely unaware that they were still alive or in the area. Likely all they had was what appeared to be properly stamped paperwork, and experience from working Tax or Repo claims, and no idea this wasn't just another tax evader.

Similarly, the nursing home staff. As someone who has had a lot of personal interactions with family and others with Alzheimer's or dementia, do you know how common it is for an older person in a nursing home to feel the need to "get home"? I often get to know more back story than the staff who actually work in the homes, as I often get to work with families, and spend the time getting to know people. Even for me, getting the relatively "fun" part of most interactions there, its heartbreaking how often they want to go home but cannot. How often it turns out that home no longer exists for them either physically or metaphorically, with the loved one they are missing having passed on. And I am there to help out, to try to provide some social interaction. I cant think that the actual care workers who are there long hours, who are making as close to minimum as makes no difference, etc, probably cant help but block most of the plea's out just so that they can function to accomplish the very necessary tasks to make sure that physical well being is attended to. How are they going to know the truth of more than what the court appointed caretaker tells them?

Its hard, because at so many levels our system is provided to do mass work, in situations where a personal touch could make a world of difference. But then, if you flip that, you have other problems. What do you do with it? How do you make sure no one is demolished by a system?

I think that in this case it is clear that someone overstepped their bounds. Probably more than one someone. But lets establish who is at fault before condemning everyone within a 3 mile radius, when most of them probably were doing exactly what they were supposed to, having been given false information to start from.
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