Miss H celebrated her 103rd birthday. When she was first brought to my attention, she was living by herself in her own home. Even though she had family nearby, they didn’t see her unless they wanted money. They didn’t keep her company or take her out of the house. No one helped her with grocery shopping, and no one ever thought to bring her food. She was living on Meals on Wheels five days a week, which she split into lunch and dinner. On the weekends, she ate cereal if there was any in the house. Otherwise, she went hungry.
An unsolicited “contractor” came to inform her that the electricity in her house was compromised and that she needed to give him $2,000 to fix it immediately. When she let him know she did not have the money, he went away. However, his words about the electricity had a lasting effect. She avoided doing laundry, using the stove and even leaving lights on out of fear of what the “contractor” had told her. All of these things put her at risk.
Her attorney called me and asked if I could help. Over the last few years, we have made some big changes in her life. Miss H now has a caregiver who takes excellent care of her. She receives hot meals every day and has clean clothes. She ventures out of the house with her caregiver to enjoy meals at restaurants, get pedicures and visit the doctor on a regular basis. However, the family no longer comes around since Miss H does not control her bank account. They also don’t call me asking for money.