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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Scams & Fraud

  • Posted On July 11, 2017
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Scams and Fraud

“There seems tobe a day when  never we don’t hear about, or someone doesn’t experience, a scam or fraud in one way or another. From the young to the elderly, these crimes can have a devastating affect on all of us!

See the different ways we all have to remain on alert for this ever growing problem…”

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp

Care4You is very proud to have Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Karen for everything you do on behalf of your clients!

“Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp was born in San Dimas and has practiced law in this area for the past 25 years. She did her undergraduate work at the University of La Verne and graduated with honors. She obtained her law degree from the University of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee. Karen has worked as a mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in business and probate matters. She also volunteered pro bono at the Guardianship Clinic at the Superior Court Pomona, California. She is the past president of the Mt. Baldy Inns of Court and is a member of the Eastern Bar Association. Karen is also a member of the Soroptmists International San Dimas/La Verne and a member of the Board of Directors of the David and Margaret Home in La Verne, California.  Karen is licensed to practice law in all state courts in California, as well as the United States District Court and the United States Tax Court.”

Zubiate-Beauchamp, LLP website here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: A Special Message From Karen

  • Posted On July 11, 2017
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A Special Message From Karen

“In California, the term elder abuse refers to a broad range of wrongs committed against citizens aged 65 years or older. Elder abuse can be in the form of physical, financial and, in some cases, sexual mistreatment of elderly persons. The law in California recognizes person 65 years and over as a protected class and, much like those governing the treatment of children, adds extra penalties and rights of recovery against those who take advantage of elder citizens. With the current population having longer life expectancies than prior generations, elder abuse is on the rise and the financial losses from elder abuse in this country in one year were in the billions of dollars.

As a civil attorney, the type of elder abuse I see most often is financial elder abuse, which I have come to realize can take many forms. While the abuse more often comes from those related to or caring for the elderly person, I have also encountered situations where solicitors and salesman have taken advantage of a person that they knew to be age 65 and over and influenced that person to sign contracts, pay money and provide access to their homes. Financial elder abuse is more common when elderly persons have amassed significant wealth, but I have also seen persons with little net worth be taken advantage of by their own spouses and children in order to persuade them to give up legal rights.

In the case of financial elder abuse, fraud often plays a significant role. Unfortunately, some family members, friends, and others are willing to misrepresent facts, lie about the meaning of a legal document, or obtain signatures on documents they have not explained in order to gain access to real property, bank accounts, investment accounts, credit cards, and other assets held by persons the age of 65 or older. In addition, I have personally had clients that were isolated by family or caregivers, lied to and told that no one wants them and they will not receive care unless they agree to do certain things. I have also encountered family members and friends who hid mail, change the mailing addresses for elder family members without their consent, and remove items from households without knowledge of the elderly person. These are all sadly ways through which people gain access to personal and financial information of elderly persons.

In addition to the foregoing, the following are common examples of financial elder abuse:

(1) influencing or defrauding a person to either add a family member or close friend to the title of real property belonging to the elderly person or to transfer title to real property owned by an elderly person to a third party;

(2) persuading an elderly person, often living alone, to enter into contracts, sign up for services, and seek large payments up front which are then immediately negotiated before the person realizes what happened – this can include telephone solicitations;

(3) convincing an elderly person to add joint owners to bank accounts, which allows any other owner full access to withdraw funds; or to provide safe deposit box access;

(4) influencing an elderly person to add a co-signer on a credit card account, including general credit cards or specialty cards like Sears, Macy’s, etc.;

(5) more generally, gain a position of trust with an elderly person to gain access to personal and financial information, including estate planning documents, cash, stocks, mutual funds, bank accounts and annuities;

If you suspect that an elder is being abused, unduly influenced or defrauded in some way, it is important to utilize the services of Adult Protective Service and, in some instances, consult with an attorney to verify the rights and remedies afforded to the victim under civil law. Indeed, there may be certain immediate action to be taken such as temporary restraining orders, removing clouds on title to real property, or freezing, flagging or closing accounts.

A well-drafted estate plan can aide an elderly person and the people around them to resist elder abuse or at least direct financial institutions as to the authorized person allowed to act on the elderly person’s behalf. Having trusted and qualified primary care physicians and specialists will also help when the time comes to determine whether a person can no longer make financial or personal decisions.

Although not my specific area of practice, in the event of actual or suspected physical or sexual abuse of an elder, the state provides Adult Protective Services and law enforcement resources to assist in identifying, investigating, and hopefully combatting and prosecuting the mistreatment.”

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to constitute legal advice, or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult with a licensed attorney if you suspect that yourself or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse.

Zubiate-Beauchamp, LLP website here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Zubiate Beauchamp, LLP

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Care4You is proud to have Zubiate Beauchamp LLP as our Community Partner. We are so thankful to you for everything you are doing to assist those who come to you in trust, for your help!

“Zubiate Beauchamp, LLP is a general civil law practice serving a broad range of clients from Los Angeles County, as well as much of the Inland Empire, Orange County, and Riverside County. Our goal is to provide personal, prompt attention to our clients as well as high quality legal and ethical representation in each of our matters. We handle a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters, with focuses on the following areas of law:

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Our attorneys are admitted to practice law before the state courts in California and Hawaii, Federal District Court and the Federal Tax Court.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Inland Urology Community Partner

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Care4You is very honored to have Inland Urology Medical Group as our Community Partner! Thank you so much for your goals that center on providing the best care for your patients!!

Inland Urology Medical Group:

“For over 40 years we have provided the Inland area with caring, patient centered care. We pride ourselves on continuing to provide this compassionate care with the most advanced technology. We strive to treat our patients as family and look forward to partnering with you in your healthcare.

Inland Urology is the oldest practice in the area and has been serving patients for over 40 years. We have built a strong reputation in the community for our balanced approach to medicine. We always strive to treat our patients like family. Although we are the oldest practice we provide the most up to date care in the area including significant experience with minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Whether your needs are routine or complex, our goal is to provide you with the best possible care in a patient centered environment close to home.

Inland Urology was the first center in the inland area of Southern California to embrace the benefits of robotic surgery. Since 2005 we have been performing robotic prostatectomies and have performed hundreds of this since as we have now become a robotic referral center for the area.”

Visit Inland Urology Medical Group here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dr. Aaron Nguyen Professional Spotlight

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Care4You is very proud to have Dr. Aaron Nguyen as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Dr. Nguyen for all that you do on behalf of your patients!! “Dr. Nguyen received his M.D from Northwestern University Medical School in 1993. He completed his surgical internship at USC-LA County Medical Center, and in 2000 his urology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. During training, he was the first recipient of the International Volunteer Scholar award and was the recipient of the Pfizer Scholar award. He was board certified in 2002. Since July 2000, Dr. Nguyen has practiced in general adult and pediatric urology. He is currently director of the Voiding Dysfunction Clinic at Casa Colina Hospital. He has received “Top Doctor” Award for 2 consecutive years from Pomona Valley Hospital Regional Kidney Stone Center. He has previously chaired the Continuing Medical Education Committee at Pomona Valley hospital. Dr. Nguyen also serves as Clinical Instructor for Pomona Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Western College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a speaker for Pfizer and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Nguyen is an avid sports fan and enjoys international travel with his wife and son.”

Visit Dr. Nguyen’s at Inland Urology Medical Group here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Preventing Dehydration

  • Posted On June 13, 2017
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“Everyone needs water to survive. Water delivers nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout our bodies. It protects and moistens organs and tissue, and carries wastes out of the body. Water also controls body temperature by making sweat to cool you down when you become hot. Our bodies lose fluids every day through urination, perspiration, and even when we breathe. These fluids need to be replaced. While every person’s body is different, most adults should drink about 8 glasses (1 glass = 8 ounces) of fluids every day, and most children over age four should drink about 6-10 glasses every day.

What is dehydration?

When your body does not have enough water or liquid, it cannot work the way it should. This is called dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses liquid more quickly than it is replaced. This can happen as a result of:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Increased perspiration caused by fever, exercise, or hot and humid weather
  • Drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages that increase urination (coffee, tea, or soda)
  • Taking certain medications that increase urination (diuretics, antihistamines or blood pressure medications)
  • Bladder infections or urinary tract infections
  • Eating certain foods (especially salty foods or broths)
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • The same things that commonly cause dehydration – diarrhea, vomiting, and increased sweating or urination – also cause your body to lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are salts and minerals (including sodium, potassium and chloride) that dissolve in your blood. A proper balance of electrolytes is necessary for cells, organs and the nervous system to function properly. Losing electrolytes during dehydration can cause your blood pressure to drop, and make you feel dizzy or lightheaded.

How can I tell if someone is dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration can be mild or severe. If someone is dehydrated, he or she may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness, especially when moving or standing up
  • A dry, sticky mouth
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark urine
  • An inability to produce sweat or tears
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry, shriveled skin
  • Sleepiness, tiredness or confusion
  • Chills

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always the best gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children or older adults. The color of a person’s urine may be a better indicator. Clear or light-colored urine usually means that a person is well-hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color signals they are not drinking enough water.

What should I do if someone I support is dehydrated?”

Read more here>

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Blood Drive Thank you!

FROM ALL OF US, FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT….THANK YOU!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Care4You In Home Care and Silverado Memory Care Community

Sponsor First Annual Community Blood Drive to Benefit City of Hope Cancer Patients

San Dimas, CA May 25, 2017 – “Care4You In Home Care in San Dimas, in partnership with Silverado Memory Care Community in Azusa, sponsored their first annual blood drive on Thursday, May 25 in support of City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center located in the city of Duarte. Community members, including companies and organizations that provide services to seniors in the local area, showed their support to City of Hope by donating blood. The blood drive was a huge success, bringing in over 50 donors and helped meet the needs of City of Hope’s patients. Most City of Hope patients are being treated for cancer and rely on frequent transfusions of blood and platelets. Every month, more than 3,000 blood transfusions are given at City of Hope. City of Hope’s community partners, including Care4You In Home Care and Silverado Memory Care Community, are critical to the hospital’s collection efforts. This blood drive will become an annual event in order to continue the mission of saving lives.” A little of your time could mean a lifetime to another. For more information on donating blood or hosting a blood drive, contact City of Hope’s Blood Donor/Apheresis Center at 626-218-7171, or email info@iDonateBlood4Hope.org. For senior homecare, contact Care4You at 909-599-0555 or visit care4youathome.com. For memory care, call Silverado at 626-253-6749 or visit silverado.com/silverado-locations/california/azusa/sierra-vista

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Blood Drive at Care4You San Dimas

Did you know that donating blood can be beneficial to the receiver and the giver?

5 Impressive Benefits of Blood Donations:

Hemochromatosis

Anti-cancer Benefits

Healthy Heart and Liver

Weight Loss

New Blood Cells

Read about the benefits and more here>

Come join us at Care4You in San Dimas, along with the Silverado Memory Care Community as we partner with the City of Hope in giving the gift so many people need..

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: National Stroke Awareness Month

  • Posted On May 4, 2017
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May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

The mission of the National Stroke Association is “to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.”

  • They promote life-saving stroke information
  • They provide objective and credible information
  • They impact survivor empowerment and stroke community quality of life
  • They give voice to those denied their rights because of stroke

“May marks National Stroke Awareness Month and National Stroke Association took to the streets of Denver to ask passersby what they know about stroke.”

The findings can be seen here>