To make a long story short I discovered my cousin was arranging to send her to a nursing facility with the complicity of Interior Health Authority. My aunt is 100.5 years old and is reasonably mobile and reasonably competent but is subject to undue influence. In this case it was worse, she was given incomplete information as to her options for health care. No informed consent.
She told me that she did not want to go to the nursing home but she had to.
I asked the social worker why was that and was told that she might pee on her bedding in the middle of the night. And my cousin does not want to supervise her any more but he does not want to forfeit his power of attorney. For the past sixteen years my aunt has had paid help in her home. I told Interior Health to send her home and not to a nursing home. My aunt is capable enough: she does not need a power of attorney.
Later that day (Monday), my cousin, Allan Barton of Chilliwack, told me that if I returned to Vernon that I would have nowhere to stay as he was selling Helen's home.
It took me a few hours to process that information. Just before I left Vernon to return to Vancouver I asked my aunt did she know Allan was selling her home. She said no. She said Allan cannot sell her home as she was on title. And she did not want her home sold until she died.
The point is I told the RCMP in Vernon that my aunt was being elder abused and it did nothing but give me stupid advice which was go see a lawyer. Why.
Elder abuse is a criminal offence (being the umbrella for other offences). It is up to the police to investigate complaints and seek out the appropriate evidence and charge offenders accordingly. This is done in Los Angeles within hours of a complaint the intent to stop the abuse from escalating. So why is it not done here. It is all the fault of the mayor as he won't authorize a budget to pay for an elder abuse investigator. The RCMP is too busy dealing with more serious issues, like giving traffic tickets.
And the City of Vernon is afraid that it might get sued as my cousin might sue them for harassment. This is bizarre but as I sent an email to every member of council. What blatant stupidity from elected officials. They should be looking after voters not just spent voters' money. Do you think my cousin the criminal is going to sue council. The much at City Hall are idiots. How did they even get elected.
When I phoned my cousin Friday evening, he told me it was none of my business where Helen was. If I do not know where she is and the police will not help I am effectively banned so I would not be able to see her or know what is happening to her. I suspect even her doctor will not tell me as it is confidential information. I left word a week ago with the doctor and today his receptionist would not even let me leave a message.
If anyone knows of elder abuse, the best way to deal with it is to speak out. So I spoke out and those that should have done something did nothing. When I spoke to the RCMP it threatened to charget me for mischief. He too did not want to listen to me. This is why we have elder abuse and it is getting worse as more people learn that nothing is going to happen to them.. No one is going to spend their own dime to pay for a lawyer to try to eliminate a known abuse. Those that are suppose to protect do not and the abusers know it. Even amateur abusers get into the act. It is so easy.