Straight Up with Sherri

Friday, April 08, 2005

Ignore those Peasants, Your Highness!



I made about 6 phone calls so far. Started with AG's office. Very nice woman assured me their office has received several calls about Mae and is now looking into the situation. We'll see.

Contacted GA Div. Aging Services - 404-657-5258
Nice woman. Asked me to email her the WND article which I did.

Next called Mayor Jeff Lukken's office. His woman asst. was incredibly hostile. She had obviously heard something about Mae but feigned ignorance. She tried to dust me off saying the Mayor is out til Monday. But I insisted that she would want the facts and asked if I could have the office fax number. She reluctantly rattled it off and hung up. I sent a cover sheet, the WND article, and Ken Mullinex's latest update about Mae's sister.

Office of Mayor Jeff Lukken
LaGrange, GA
PHONE: 706-883-2010
FAX: 706-883-2020

I am also reposting the information regarding Sonja Flanagan:
Georgia Department of Family and Children's services
- she oversees all the hospices in Georgia.
PHONE: 404-657-5445

Some agencies are cooperating, others are not.
Let's decide right now which side out toast is buttered on!

Right Wing Nut Job


  • Quick! Somebody give me Ken Mullinax's phone number! A very nice woman named Cassandra Fountain took a report from me regarding "abuse by guardian" at (404) 657-9639. I know his number was posted here or on BlogsforTerri, but I can't find it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:10 PM  

  • Above coment is me, Mary in LA!

    By Anonymous Mary in LA, at 2:13 PM  

  • Contact: Kenneth Mullinax
    Ph: 205-408-7598

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:13 PM  

  • I found his phone number and gave it to Ms. Fountain. Then I tried to call it, but it was busy. If somebody has a way to get hold of Mr. Mullinax and tell him to call Ms. Fountain at (404) 657-9639, please do it!!!

    Mary (out of breath...)

    By Anonymous Mary in LA, at 2:19 PM  

  • RNWJ, thanks!

    By Anonymous Mary in LA, at 2:20 PM  

  • I think Kenneth is at the Hospital with his mother right now...

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 2:24 PM  

  • I was able to leave him a voicemail. I'm about to e-mail him, too. Bless you all!

    By Anonymous Mary in LA, at 2:26 PM  

  • When the hospice first withdrew nutrition and hydration, it was a violation of the following federal reg (which are adopted by the state through the medicare/medicaid program) It was in violation because it withdrew nutrition and hydration without informed consent given that the grandaughter did not have the healthcare power of attorney:


    §418.62 Condition of Participation: Informed Consent
    A hospice must demonstrate respect for an individual’s rights by ensuring that an informed consent form that specifies the type of care and services that may be provided as hospice care during the course of the illness has been obtained for every individual, either from the individual or representative as defined in §418.3.

    Guidelines §418.62

    Informed consent implies that the consenting individual is competent to evaluate the decision requiring consent (i.e., is able to evaluate the implications of choosing to receive hospice care.) The patient, or representative, must sign or mark the consent form. The representative must be permitted by State law to elect or revoke hospice care or terminate medical care on behalf of a terminally ill individual. With respect to an individual granted the power of attorney for the patient, State law determines the extent to which the individual may act on the patient’s behalf.

    Hospice admission criteria should clearly define primary caregiver requirements or decision-making policies related to patients without caregivers. If the hospice requires a primary caregiver for each patient, the policy must be specified in writing in the admission criteria and discussed with the patient and family/caregiver during the initial assessment.
    Probes §418.62

    How does the hospice communicate to the family/caregiver the role that it expects them to play in providing care to the patient?

    What evidence of informed consent related to care and services is documented in the patient’s chart?

    What documentation indicates that the hospice advised the patient of all the services available to the patient?

    This is found in the State Operations Manual here--look under hospice:

    A complaint should be filed with the Georgia Office of Regulatory Services: Two Peachtree Street, N.W.
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142
    Voice: (404)657-5700
    Fax: (404)657-5708

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