Margaret was in the hospital recovering from surgery, when her granddaughter, Tisha, deceived her into signing a general Power-of-Attorney. Unbeknownst to Margaret, Tisha executed the Power-of-Attorney and granted title to Margaret’s home to the grandfather, Margaret’s estranged husband, and Tisha’s mother, Margaret’s estranged daughter. Upon Margaret’s release from the hospital, Margaret arrived at her home only to discover she would be denied entry and access, because it no longer was hers, but occupied by Tisha and her mother.
Margaret went to a shelter and then rented a small studio, which exceeded her monthly income. Her health deteriorated as she stopped necessary prescriptions and stressed over her granddaughter’s betrayal and her looming homelessness. Her plight was reported to Adult Protective Services (APS) as a financial abuse case. As a member of the Financial Abuse Specialist Team, the Public Guardian deputy worked with Margaret in seeking solutions and discovered that Margaret was a veteran. Acting closely and diligently with the Veterans Administration (VA), the deputy was able to identify and secure alternative housing for Margaret, who served honorably in the United States Navy. The proposed conservatee was given shelter at the Homeless Veterans Emergency Housing Facility, where she will continue to reside for two years. After the duration of her stay, Margaret will receive a free housing voucher to assist her with re-establishing and rebuilding her life.
Living now in a safe, supportive, affordable, and comfortable living environment, she expresses gratitude and has regained the dignity that she feels she lost through the betrayal of loved ones. With free medical and dental benefits and a reduction in stress, Margaret no longer feels hopeless and can care for herself, without conservatorship. She rests assured that there are those, like the PAGC and the VA, who are there to help in times of despair.