Sorry for the long post in advance -
I have reported my 93 year old Mothers IHSS Caregiver (xxxx for the sake of privacy) to the Public Authority Dept. in my county for not reporting a life threatening condition to my Mothers caseworker or to anyone in the family.
I filed the complaint in writing, sent it via email per the Public Authority's request. 5 weeks have passed and I have not heard anything back from the county Public Authority so I emailed them a week ago asking for an update. Again,I have not heard back from them. I am wondering if they think I will just go away.
I am seeking an attorney to sue the caregiver for self neglect and the IHSS program. This program is broken and no one actually "governs" these caregivers. My intention was to have this caregiver removed from the program but one of the Public Authority workers said they would retrain her. I told them no, that xxxx has no common sense and made my Mother suffer terribly.
Here is the complaint I am submitted to the Public Authority and APS against xxxx and I am requesting a full investigation and to have xxxx removed from the IHSS program:
xxxx is a mandated reporter and did not report this life threatening ongoing condition to the case worker, APS or any other authority.
xxxx neglected my Mother’s health and caused her unnecessary physical and mental suffering for months with a life threatening medical condition.
xxxx did not report this life threatening condition to myself, as I visited my Mother 1-2 times a week.
xxxx did not reveal that my Mother had been to a Doctor on Dec. 28 and needed follow up appointments to diagnosis this condition.
Listed in chronological order are the events that transpired leading to the knowledge of my Mothers life threatening medical condition, cancer of the left breast.
Dec. 29, 2012
My sister arrived from Chicago to visit our Mother for a few weeks.
Dec. 30, 2012
My sister called me in alarm Sunday morning stating that she had found a bra in the laundry basket stained heavily with blood and perhaps pus. It had been rinsed out but not washed. My sister asked me if I knew anything about that and I said no. My sister then asked the caretaker xxxx who rinsed the bra out initially what was going on and xxxx stated “Your Momma has a rash and I took her to the Doctor on Friday, Dec. 28th”. Nothing more was said by xxxx or any other information passed on to my sister or I.
Later that day I picked up my sister to drive her to the grocery store and when we returned to My Mother’s place a few hours later, the entire apartment was filled with a strong putrid odor. I looked everywhere for the odor and discovered it was the bra that lay wet in the laundry basket with the blood and pus. My sister and I disposed of it outside and then decided to ask my Mother about what was going on. She said she had a rash on her breast. I asked my Mother to lift her blouse and bra up and was horrified to see her left lower breast. The “rash” as xxxx described was a huge ulcerated lesion that covered the entire bottom of my Mother’s breast. It was an open hole that was bleeding and oozing, and I literally thought I seen raw muscle tissue. I did everything I could not to panic and asked my Mother if she was in pain, and she answered no. I decided against taking a picture because again, I did not want to alarm my Mother.
Dec. 31, 2012
My sister noticed that xxxx was giving an antibiotic to my Mother Monday morning and questioned her again about the “rash”. xxxx has somewhat of a language barrier and she could not explain to my sister and my sister could not understand what she was saying.
As my sister and I whaled through setting up the medical appointments we made an appointment to speak to my Mothers caseworker on Tuesday, January 8th. We needed an explanation as to why and how this could have happened. I knew after talking to the caseworker that the best result was to no longer have the caregiver handle my Mothers case and have this further investigated as to why she ignored this lesion on my Mother for a year ( as stated by several physicians that this lesion had been there a very long time to grow this size).
After receiving the biopsy results (cancer) for my Mother on January 7th, my Mother had her left breast removed on January 17th.