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Old 11-20-2012, 05:50 AM  
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In May 1964, Nels and Irene Highberg bought their first and only home. It was a modest, brick rancher -- no garage -- on a pleasant cul-de-sac on the edge of East Petersburg.
The Highbergs raised two sons there. They entertained neighbors there. They grew old there.
After 48 years at 6312 Miriam Circle, the Highbergs -- Nels is 92, Irene is 89 -- figured they could manage a while longer. Family and friends agreed.
But the county Office of Aging stepped in last summer, saying for safety reasons the Highbergs must move to a nursing home.
"I ain't going to go," Highberg said, according to Erick Highberg, the couple's 54-year-old son.
When a van arrived Aug. 2 to take the couple to Oak Leaf Manor in Millersville, Highberg sat in a chair in the driveway for many long minutes. He got in the van only after a police officer showed up.
"He respected her uniform," said Erick Highberg, noting his father's more than 20 years of service in the Navy and Coast Guard.
Mrs. Highberg said in a phone interview she got in the van to see what the nursing home was like. "I didn't understand we would be locked up here," she said. "They brought us in here, and they kind of disappeared real quick."
Now, after more than three months at Oak Leaf Manor, Mrs. Highberg still wants to return home.
"If I have to be here, it couldn't be better," she said. "It's a very nice place. The rooms are nice and clean, and the food is good, and they have entertainment, and we get out to do some things, musicals and such once in a while. Really, you wonder what the heck I'm complaining about. Well, it's not my house."
What prompted the Office of Aging's action was receipt June 10 of a "report of need" from a party the agency, by law, may not disclose.
The party, according to a court document, said Mrs. Highberg was confused and unable to care for herself, yet she was caring for "her incapacitated husband when she was in all likelihood more confused than he."
The Office of Aging then conducted an investigation that included a medical exam at the Highbergs' home by Dr. Robert M. Howse Jr., a geriatrics specialist. The doctor recommended placement in a dementia unit and appointment of a guardian to oversee the couple's affairs. He wrote that the Highbergs had lost the capacity for sound decision-making as long ago as January 2007.


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Old 11-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #46
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You are so damn dumb man, I swear to God, people could do it right in front of you and you would still not believe it.
Oh the irony considering the sources you believe.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:37 PM   #47
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That's sad, all of those years together. Here is the story of a little old lady that lived by us.

I took care of the yard and some house maintenance for her after we bought our house. She was 80 at the time with little family since she never married. She had owned the house for 50 years and it was rough inside and out. But it was her house and she was proud of it, didn't ask for anybody's help by way of money but was always willing to pay. The first 8 years I lived here, I accepted no money for anything, mowing, minor repairs, etc. I was taught to help the elderly, they help build this great nation we live in.

Then one day my leaf blower stopped working, finally gave out and died. I went to the local Stihl shop here and bought a new one. She seen I had a new one and every time I would do something, she offered to pay.

This time, I said yes, basically because I just spent $ 120.00 to buy myself a new leaf blower. She carefully folded the money up for me to not see the amount. I took it and put it in my pocket as to not look like I wanted to see the amount. I got home, pulled it out and it was $ 100.00. I immediately went back over telling her that she had to of made a mistake on the amount thinking it was a $ 10.00.

She told me No, I knew how much it was and this is the 1st time you took money from me and I want you to have it. You just bought a new machine to do my yard and I Thank You for it.She never let me go again without paying.

When the day came the Social Workers came calling to check up on her, she let them in. But it was the last time they came in, she wouldn't answer the door, only allowing me to talk to them. She wouldn't let the police in, it was her home and they were not welcomed. This went on for another year and finally, one day she never answered the door. Her niece came and asked me to go to the door with her, yet no answer. I had to break a window to let my daughter in, opened the door and found her dead in bed. She had died in her sleep, the way she wanted to in her home that she treasured. She was 92, had taken care of herself her whole life, had saved up thousand of dollars in a bank account, stocks & bonds.

I lived next door to this little old lady for 12 years, the grand kids got attached to her, as she did them. I was asked to be a pall bearer at her funeral and got a little surprise. Each time I had mowed her yard or done something the first 8 years, she took the money and stuck it in a coffee can with a lid. It had my name marked on it so when her niece found it, she brought it to me. There was a note in it that said Please give this to Roy when I die. It had a Thank You note in it for being a friend and allowing me to live my life, my way. The can had $ 850.00 in it, I never took it. I told her to take it and use it on the funeral, flowers, anything to give this woman a funeral going out with a bang!

I can tell you first hand, somebody living in their home until they die is a serious thing. Their pride and freedom is a valued treasure to them.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:55 PM   #48
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Here's a story:

I lived in a house over in the Waldo area for quite a few years. There was an older woman living by herself in the house across the street. She was a very smart lady, and had all of her senses about her. But she could barely get around at all. She had a walker she used, but even then she wasn't the least bit mobile. I enjoyed chatting with her, cause she was a very rambunctious lady who cursed like a drunk sailor on occasion. And she had a fascinating outlook on life. I would shovel her driveway when it snowed, and helped her carry groceries in and such. She had kids, but they were complete shitheads who cared nothing for her and lived across the country. They tried a few times to get her into an assisted facility, but she outright refused. Her kids didn't care enough to push the matter. I ended up moving, as did the other nearby neighbor that had often helped out the lady as well. I found out later that Jan ended up dying in her home shortly after. It happened in February during very cold weather. Nobody checked up on her until 2 months or so after she'd died. By then, it was spring, but her heater had been set to 80° for months. Her cats ran out of food, and started feasting on her decomposing body. The coroner had to enter the house in a hazmat suit.

Sometimes the hard decision of requiring assisted living for someone who needs it must come from an outside party, or it might not otherwise come at all.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:01 PM   #49
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Here's a story:

I lived in a house over in the Waldo area for quite a few years. There was an older woman living by herself in the house across the street. She was a very smart lady, and had all of her senses about her. But she could barely get around at all. She had a walker she used, but even then she wasn't the least bit mobile. I enjoyed chatting with her, cause she was a very rambunctious lady who cursed like a drunk sailor on occasion. And she had a fascinating outlook on life. I would shovel her driveway when it snowed, and helped her carry groceries in and such. She had kids, but they were complete shitheads who cared nothing for her and lived across the country. They tried a few times to get her into an assisted facility, but she outright refused. Her kids didn't care enough to push the matter. I ended up moving, as did the other nearby neighbor that had often helped out the lady as well. I found out later that Jan ended up dying in her home shortly after. It happened in February during very cold weather. Nobody checked up on her until 2 months or so after she'd died. By then, it was spring, but her heater had been set to 80° for months. Her cats ran out of food, and started feasting on her decomposing body. The coroner had to enter the house in a hazmat suit.

Sometimes the hard decision of requiring assisted living for someone who needs it must come from an outside party, or it might not otherwise come at all.
Perfect example. Elder abuse/neglect usually comes from family members who are unaccepting of their parents change in condition and ability to complete tasks of daily living. Their parents meanwhile, suffer from some form of dementia and are usually unaware themselves. These people have to be pushed by a third party or you end of my more stories of people dying suddenly in their home or worse, hurting someone else (those still driving).
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:39 AM   #50
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Bottom line, there are always exceptions to the rule. The families of the elderly have to be able to make the decisions that best suit the elderly involved.

The sad part is when there is no family and the health officials have to step in.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:09 PM   #51
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ya know, If I'm 90 years old and some cop comes to force me to leave my house because someone complained that I was unable to take care of myself, I'd sit in the house with my gun pointed at the door and take the first poor soul that opened it with me.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:10 PM   #52
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Here's a story:

I lived in a house over in the Waldo area for quite a few years. There was an older woman living by herself in the house across the street. She was a very smart lady, and had all of her senses about her. But she could barely get around at all. She had a walker she used, but even then she wasn't the least bit mobile. I enjoyed chatting with her, cause she was a very rambunctious lady who cursed like a drunk sailor on occasion. And she had a fascinating outlook on life. I would shovel her driveway when it snowed, and helped her carry groceries in and such. She had kids, but they were complete shitheads who cared nothing for her and lived across the country. They tried a few times to get her into an assisted facility, but she outright refused. Her kids didn't care enough to push the matter. I ended up moving, as did the other nearby neighbor that had often helped out the lady as well. I found out later that Jan ended up dying in her home shortly after. It happened in February during very cold weather. Nobody checked up on her until 2 months or so after she'd died. By then, it was spring, but her heater had been set to 80° for months. Her cats ran out of food, and started feasting on her decomposing body. The coroner had to enter the house in a hazmat suit.

Sometimes the hard decision of requiring assisted living for someone who needs it must come from an outside party, or it might not otherwise come at all.
That is a horrible story. I can't believe in a 2 month time span, the children didn't push the matter of not being able to get a hold of her or the neighbors not noticing anything.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:11 PM   #53
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ya know, If I'm 90 years old and some cop comes to force me to leave my house because someone complained that I was unable to take care of myself, I'd sit in the house with my gun pointed at the door and take the first poor soul that opened it with me.
That is not rational thought.
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