In today’s Chicago Tribune appears one of those “kissing your sister” articles on nursing homes and C19 Virus. The article ostensibly details the fact that in most nursing homes (care facilities) violations of Federal Public Health guidelines is the rule rather than the exception. The article focuses on the fact that many of the extended care facilities have 2 or more violations.
Left out of the equation are the facts that we learned in the Philip Esformes Federal Criminal Trial. (Mr. Esformes was convicted – he allegedly stole 1.2 BILLION dollars from the Medicare program). To reiterate what we learned was that STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS charged with protecting the public and in particular the elderly were either bought off or were disinterested in doing adequate inspections thereby facilitating the abuses.
As the mainstream media treats the health care frauds with benign neglect it is not surprising that even though the Tribune gave front page space to the current immediate health problem it trivialized the problem. For instance, as reported on the blog MARYGSYKES many nursing homes actually advertise openly and notoriously that they provide ‘kickbacks’ for patient referrals. I’ve actually seen one of the solicitation sheets. Of course with the meager media coverage of the ESFORMES trial and the outrageous situation that operates openly and notoriously the public is unaware of the enemy within. NB. Remember the Hollywood Hills nursing home fiasco wherein 12 seniors died because the operator of the home would not transfer them roughly across the street to a hospital with open beds and working AC. Some patients were literally cooked in the nursing homes and had temperatures over 120 deg. Farenheit. I wonder how many of these patients were in a gship and had (a grossly incompetent) guardian.
Unfortunately I have had the opportunity to see what really goes on in many nursing homes. Most are unsanitary, and poorly staffed havens for overuse of drugs (in many cases opioids) and abuse. It is not unusual to observe drugged zombies sitting in wheel chairs outside their rooms – this is call physical therapy. I recall the Jaycox case. Robert Jaycox was a businessman who had a serious business reversal. His doctor prescribed a drug to help him through the crisis, however, Jaycox had a drug side-effect. Unfortunately, the hospital, the physicians and medical staff were unable to diagnose the problem.
Jaycox having the pecuniary reverse was also unable to pay the nursing home bill. Without hesitation the facility (nursing home) contacted a psychiatrist who wrote a report that Jaycox was disabled and unable to care for himself or take care of his financial affairs. This report and a verified petition were filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Jaycox’s punishment for not attorning and for hiring an attorney was swift. The protective bar on his bed was left in the down position and Jaycox fell out of bed breaking his hip. I demanded a hearing for Mr. Jaycox on the issue of guardianship. The hearing was fortuitously scheduled in the hospital on the day of the surgery. The psychiatrist testified under oath as to Mr. Jaycox’s disability under questioning by the presiding judge. On cross examination the nursing home and the shrink were surprised when I asked the question: “who signed the consent for the surgery?” (Of course Mr. Jaycox had signed all the hospital forms indicating the staff believed he was competent at the time admission and treatment).
As Jaycox had signed the consent the case terminated abruptly and another date was scheduled. A few days later Jaycox had aspirated pneumonia and was dying. Of course he died quickly and was even more quickly cremated.
No all reluctant occupants of nursing homes are put to death. Some are left to linger, doped to the hilt, and others ****. Of course come election day every resident casts his/her vote. It is respectfully suggested that the vote corresponds to the whim of the nursing home operator who often sells the votes to local pols. This is well documented but never investigated, even when reported to the autorities, the FBI, in particular. It should be noted that the State of Illinois’ regulatory agency was totally disinterested in what I would classify as the murder of Robert Jaycox.
Illinois authorities (along with regulators across the USA) could care less about the patients in the nursing homes. It is an open secret that in many of the nursing homes it is an axiom – if you go in – rest assured you are not coming out! (except in cases where convalescence is the reason you are in – and your own personal physician and family are monitoring.
In Dr. Sugar’s book GUARDIANSHIP he points out that in the human trafficking (elder cleansing) cases a FEEDING TUBE is one of the first therapeutic devices you are fitted with. A pair of handcuffs, or a chain attached to your neck would be too noticeable. Even the blind, deaf State inspector would notice such appliances and might include them in his report. Of course with sanitation a NO PRIORITY item the C19 virus might hasten the termination of stay of the elderly victim. (Thus, if you are seeking positives in relation to the C19 virus – here is one).
Proper supervision of the nursing home industry by the State (State of Illinois, Florida, New York, California et al) would eliminate many of the obvious problems that enhance the effect of the C19 virus, to wit:
1) proper staffing – in many nursing home, the staffing is farmed out to companies that provide nurses, technicians et al. The facility then prepares a record showing that they paid to the staffing company for the correct number of RNs etc. If the inspector finds that on inspection there is a deficiency = it is the staffing company’s fault. The nursing home operators in various assumed names own all the stock in the furnishing company. This company while owned by the same people who operate the facility it is run by a ‘young hotshot’ who will tell you want a genius he is and how he is the Good Lord’s gift to medical care.
2) pharmaceuticals, linen supply etc. ditto operation. prices adjustable to meet guidelines and orders on record to comply with guidelines. If the linens are dirty or there are no linens, the linen company is to blame, but no where to be found.
3) the building is owned by a land trust with a corporate or trust beneficiary – in reality the operators also own the building.
4) Management if required to be done by an individual – he is a nominee – paid by a corporation owned by the operators.
The Enron style operation is done openly and notoriously. Payoff to public officials are routine! Physician supervision is similarly a joke. It was described to me in the following manner, to wit: “Dr. X slows his care down to 30 miles per hour as he passes the nursing home. He then bills for a 5 minute visit to every patient in the nursing home. NB. Obviously such is an exaggeration – the doctor slows his care to 5 MPH!
The criminal mismanagement and violation of Federal and State Standards does not exist in every nursing home. It does exist in enough of them to cause great concern. As indicated by other reports the number of violations would be through the roof BUT FOR two factors. Many of the regulators are on the nursing home payroll, and a large number have no idea what regulations, if any, they are sent out to enforce. Some are on a revolving door payroll between nursing home operator and state nursing home inspector.
THE FOREGOING is the article that the CHICAGO TRIBUNE ought to have written. However, I am grateful to the TRIBUNE – at least they wrote an article. Apparently it is not POLITICALLY CORRECT to mention that the nursing home industry is a vital factor in the HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE ELDERLY. In an article that has appeared on the blog PROBATE SHARKS in which a noted nursing home operative brags that the elderly are just a commodity to him.
Health care in the United States comes with a massive fraud surcharge. This surcharge is reported to be 700%. The criminal conspiracy that protects the HUMAN TRAFFICKING in the elderly (elder cleansing)is protected by REGULATORS who are bought and paid for. The C19 virus if left unchecked will delete the human traffickers inventory! Maybe that is the reason that the Tribune wrote its page 1 article – the criminals preying on the elderly will lose a great deal of money! Maybe the media desires Congress to protect the profits of the HUMAN TRAFFICKERS in the elderly!
I was down at court on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and a sign was posted that the court was closed for 30 days (civil cases only) and the clerk told me that they would be sending out “postcards” to all litigant pro se and attorneys to reset the court dates.
She suggested I refile my motion to get a new court day at the end of the 30 day period, presumably to get the next available date.
The clerks are coming out to meet people in the hall who have questions for many of the divisions and then they send out one brave clerk.
I believe the Appellate Court division is not delayed or closed down, there are no announcements there.
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Last updated: Friday, March 13, 2:45pm
The Cook County Circuit Court is considering closing due to concerns over the novel coronavirus COVID-19, sources have confirmed to Injustice Watch.
In a meeting Thursday with the court’s 15-judge executive committee, Chief Judge Timothy Evans weighed various measures in response to the outbreak, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the meeting. The judges weighed various options, including a bare-bones approach to court matters, a 30-day complete court closure, and cameras that would allow judges to work from home while hearing cases, according to the sources.
Evans has not yet made a formal announcement and a spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Evans told the executive committee, composed of the presiding judges of the court’s various divisions, that funding was available if judges wanted to use cameras installed on their benches, which would allow them to work remotely. Some judges expressed discomfort with that idea since it only isolated judges from the risk of the coronavirus, while still requiring defendants, attorneys and clerks to appear in court, according to the sources.
Evans also heard suggestions from the presiding judges. One option considered was a 30-day court closure that would likely be treated the same way the court treats a holiday, where only central bond court and juvenile court are in session. Another option was a skeletal approach in which all nonessential court hearings would be postponed. In this approach, the courts would remain open but with a rotating fraction of judges hearing only the most immediate matters.
No decision was made in the meeting, and the presiding judges were told to discuss with their staff which matters were absolutely essential and which matters they could not do from home.
Another meeting of the executive committee has been set for Friday afternoon.
Keeping the courts open during the pandemic could be an issue for both health and due process, said Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, a sociology professor at Brown University and author of “Crook County,” a book about the Cook County court system.
Defendants and their relatives could be forced to choose between going to court and potentially spreading disease, or losing their bond, Gonzalez Van Cleve said.
“If you are a person charged with a crime or a supportive family member…you’re gonna go [to a hearing], hell or high water,” she said.
If jurors are calling in sick, then prosecutors could push harder for plea bargains, she said.
“There’s so many levers at work [for prosecutors],” Gonzalez Van Cleve explained. “This would be an additional lever that would all but squelch the ability to choose a jury trial.”
As for a potential backlog of cases and overcrowding in the jail if the courts were to close, Gonzalez Van Cleve says that police will need to work closely with other officials to reduce arrests. “If we stop the cases from flowing in, then we don’t have the backlog,” she said. “The prosecutor, the police, the mayor, they need to start thinking about how they’re using these resources.”
On Friday, the Illinois Department of Corrections announced it would be suspending all visitation to state prisons beginning Saturday, March 14, “until further notice,” spokeswoman Lindsey Hess said in an email. She added that the agency is “expanding opportunities for video visits and phone calls” and that there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in an IDOC facility. Illinois Public Radio reported earlier Friday that at least 55 men in Menard Correctional Center in downstate Illinois were being quarantined for flu-like symptoms and that IDOC is not currently testing anyone in state prisons for coronavirus.
The Illinois Supreme Court released a statement Friday afternoon encouraging local courts to postpone court events or conduct hearings by phone or video call if possible. The Supreme Court will livestream oral arguments scheduled to take place on March 17 and 18.
Other justice system agencies in Illinois began implementing measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak earlier in the week. The 18th Judicial Circuit Court in DuPage County suspended ceremonies for marriages and civil unions and the Domestic Relations Division of the Cook County Circuit Court moved parenting classes online and began conducting Family Mediation Services over the phone.
The Cook County jail announced additional restrictions on visitation Thursday, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s website. The jail will not allow entry “if indications are that a visitor is a possible carrier of the Coronavirus.” Detainees are now limited to one visit by one person per week, for at most 15 minutes.
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