Mother of Member Paul LaBounty
politics as usual in Illinois, but it has cost my mother her life. I am
not kidding! This only child lost his mother in an Illinois probate
court to estate conservation. Mother did not even receive a 2nd opinion
from all her funds.
had a lifelong mental health disability for which he received a
pension. His health deteriorated in the last two years of life
with cancer and heart attacks. Mom had early stage dementia. When Dad
had a heart attack, Mother was admitted to long term care from Dad's
hospital room. Mother entered the facility walking, talking, eating
and going to the bathroom by herself. Prior to the facility, she ate
breakfast out daily with friends who enjoyed her company. She had not
been hospitalized in years. She liked to walk with company.
allowed, (encouraged....this is about money) to place a "Do Not
Resuscitate" on Mom (clearly a violation of her human rights and a
violation of IDPH's own regs) on admission from his hospital room. It
was witnessed by the long term care staff. He did not have POA and she
did not have a living will. She was far from terminal as required.
After admission, Mom was drugged with the anti-psychotic, Zyprexa, Its
off-label, unapproved use for elderly dementia has been shown to cause
death and stroke and is associated with difficulty in
swallowing, dehydration and agitation. .
addition, family, (NOT THIS ONLY CHILD) wanted Mom to have "the right to
refuse to eat". Elderly dementia patients need reminders to drink and
several snacks throughout the day. This is tantamount to murder. I
found Mother dehydrated and unable to eat, drink, walk or talk. I
requested re-hydration and asked what if any new drugs she was on. I
learned of the Zyprexa and requested it be removed. And I applied for
guardianship and began the process of getting a second opinion. The
guardianship, however, was awarded to a half-aunt because of health
problems (surgery) I was recovering from at the time.
The half-aunt, promptly enrolled Mom (another human
rights violation) in hospice and left her to die. I visited Mom and was
shocked. Her belongings were missing, including false teeth and
glasses. I knew something was terribly wrong but had no access to care
records. Mom was admitted to hospice despite a supposed protection by
the Office of Guardian against cessation of life sustaining measures
without due process.
Mother died alone 2 hours after Christmas.
half-aunt did not attend either of my parent's funerals.
The unnecessary, painful, and torturous death of my dear Mother has
begun what has so far become a five year journey for justice and
accountability for her senseless death.
Guardianship abuse and conservatorship
abuse IS elder abuse!