True Story Exposes Perils of Ill-intended Guardianship

The guardianship program created to help the nation's elderly and infirmed is becoming an abomination because of greed on the part of many who have been entrusted to protect those who they are being paid to help, according to new author, Susan Hodges, on the release of her first book, A Breach of Trust.

Hodges, a retired licensed nursing facility administrator (LNFA), became interested in senior care when her father was diagnosed with cancer. “I wanted to understand what was going on in his body with such a devastating, painful illness. Really, I wanted to know how I could help him be more comfortable,” said Hodges. She started taking medical courses, and quickly discovered her calling in nursing facility administration.

In her role as an LNFA, Hodges was responsible for all the tasks at skilled nursing facilities that ensured they ran smoothly. She had firsthand experience as an administrator that allowed her to see what happened when guardianships are undertaken for personal gain as opposed to the ward’s best interest.

"My book exposes the weakest link in the freedoms we all hold dear," Hodges said on its initial release by Amazon. "This is the true story of a newly licensed LNFA and the people she meets. The stories they tell her are both hard to believe and impossible to ignore. She begins investigating and the more layers she peels away, the worse it gets,” said Hodges.

“Guardianship is often necessary, and works well when a guardian appropriately fulfills his or her duties to protect a ward’s rights. This involves making choices regarding healthcare, finances, and other basic decisions that are in the ward’s best interests. It not only requires training about these matters, but also a certain level of unbiased selflessness,” said Hodges. She continued, “The situations I encountered as a LNFA point to possible failures when corruption and greed enter the picture.”

“Guardianships are a necessary, helpful reality of aging. When they are misused, and people who are untrained or have the wrong motivations act as guardians, the protected suffer,” Hodges explained.

“This is a true story, although I have changed the names and backgrounds of all the patients, the location, and the names of the nursing facilities themselves. Some writers produce creative nonfiction, but events in this book actually happened. The stories I tell are produced from my memory and personal experiences. I hope those who read it are better informed and can join in the conversation about this matter. By raising awareness, we can ensure that rights and freedoms are protected,” said Hodges.

To contact Susan Hodges, email her at . To purchase the book, visit www…(websitehere).



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    Becky Pintar (Monday, 23 May 2016 14:28)

    Guardianship is often very dangerous. It definitely needs better legislation to protect potential victims.