End of day summaries

Saturday, February 18, 2017

What we are up to right now

We have several activities going on right now, and I'll try to summarize them here.

  1. Adopt a Hospital - we have a list of the largest hospitals in the area and the ones closest to LACMA.  Instead of calling them often (with emphasis on the ER), we are asking "adopters" to work with a single hospital from that list, and hopefully establish a connection with someone who has the breadth to be a point of contact going forward.  This allows us to just call the hospital once every other week or so to make sure they are aware that Nancy is still missing and that we are still looking for her.
  2. Daily calls.  At the moment, we do not have a list of additional places to call.  This will probably change in the next week or so based on some large database work going on.
  3. Facility visits.  Despite all of the calling we have done, it is somewhat disappointing to actually visit facilities that we have called in the past and they claim they have not seen the flyer or heard about Nancy.  So, we have people visiting care facilities to drop off flyers and get them to post them where the nurses congregate (nurses all work at more than one place). 
  4. Working from the "top down".  We are still working with the Medi-Cal office to discover instances of facilities applying for Medi-Cal reimbursement for people that fit Nancy's demographic but do not have a valid SSN.  In addition, we are looking into how we can get someone to review all of the forms that are filled out when a hospital holds someone for evaluation (these are called 5150s ... the Public Guardians office tells us they have reviewed all of the 5150s they have received with no matches, but there are other batches of 5150s, and we are trying to get someone to look at those).
As always, if you would like to participate in any of these activities, please send an email to NancyIsMissing@Gmail.com and let us know your interest and availability.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Very Nice Letter From Sarah Dalhover of Vista Pacifica Center

As many of you have experienced when calling or visiting a facility in search of Nancy, there are people who just don't seem to want to be bothered.  You also get kind people who are willing and able to help.  And then you get superstars, like Sarah Dalhover from the Vista Pacifica Center in Riverside.

Ms. Dalhover sent me the following letter which just made my day.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nice Article in MBDigs

Jeanne Fratello has a nice write up in DIGMB ...
http://www.digmb.com/2017/02/10/134967/search-continues-for-missing-alzheimers-patient

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thanks Again To Supervisor Janice Hahn's Office

I received a call from Mark Baucum at Janice Hahn's office.  They  have been very active in spreading the word about Nancy throughout the LA County Government offices.  They have distributed it to hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, nearby county offices, and fire and police departments.

They also arranged for LA Channel 36 to cover the story and I was interviewed last week.  I don't yet have the information on when that will air, but will post it as soon as I find out.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Presence at Women's March in LA - thanks Chris Miller!

Chris Miller went to the Women's March in LA last Saturday.  He took flyers and a large poster with him and got several connections.  Notably, Joe Bray-Ali - a candidate for LA City Council took a picture and said he'd put it on his FaceBook page, as did Kevin De Leon - the president of the CA State Senate.  Also, the organizers of the Women's March took a picture and also said they would post it.  Thanks Chris!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Link to concise video of Nancy's story from the episode of The Doctors...

One of the team created an edited version of Nancy's story based on the episode of The Doctors that highlighted her plight.  A link to this version is below.

LINK to edited version of Nancy's story from The Doctors

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Please Post on NextDoor a Suggestion to Take Flyers to the Protest Tomorrow

A friend in Palos Verdes posted this on her NextDoor:

Would anyone going to the March be willing to print out and post our "Nancy's Missing" Poster in Downtown LA close LACMA where she was lost? Your group may mobilize many people by your efforts. Just print out her Missing Poster from the blog http://nancyismissing.blogspot.com/, hand it out, post it, and your kind actions just might bring Nancy home to her husband and family. Thank you!
This seems like a great idea, so please copy this post to your local NextDoor.

At Least One System is Working

I was awakened early in the morning last Thursday by the Manhattan Beach Police.  They had some photographs they had received from the Emergency Room at Kaiser on Sunset and Vermont.  The Jane Doe in the photos was not Nancy, but it does show that some of our hard work in calling and visiting hospitals has paid off.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

County Supervisor Janice Hahn and Police Renewing Call to Help Find Nancy

County Supervisor Janice Hahn is quoted in this article calling for the public's help in finding Nancy...


THANK YOU SUPERVISOR HAHN! 

LINK to article here

Monday, January 9, 2017

National Media Exposure Today! Very nice piece on Nancy's plight on the show "The Doctors"



Here is the most recent report on our friend Nancy Paulikas, who went missing on 15 October. The nationally syndicated series "The Doctors" did a very nice job on this and we hope that it brings her plight to a broader audience and helps to bring her home soon...

Below is the link to the story.

Link to story on Nancy by the show "The Doctors"

Friday, January 6, 2017

More media exposure for our search for Nancy: a segment of the television show "The Doctors" will feature her on Monday!

This week a crew from the national TV show "The Doctors" taped with Kirk at his home.   A link to their website is below.

The piece will cover the loss of, and search for Nancy as an example of the many challenges faced by those with Alzheimer's and their families.  

This is very good news as it pushes information about Nancy out beyond the LA area which is where our heaviest coverage has been, to date.

It will air at 11:00 AM Pacific Time, on Monday, 9 January 2017.

Click here to find the station and time for your local viewing:
 Link to find out when The Doctors airs, near you...

Please spread the word!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Let's Find Nancy for the New Year

With the year quickly coming to an end, my level of helplessness and frustration remains high as we still haven't had any clues that have led us to even the suggestion of a trail in the search for Nancy.  Despite our lack of success at this point, I am forever indebted to each and every one of you who have devoted your time, energy, talents and prayers to our efforts.  In those moments when I am not consumed by thoughts of "what should I do next," I am overwhelmed by the kindness and commitment of both treasured old friends and the many wonderful strangers who have become invaluable new friends.  There simply are no words that can adequately convey the gratitude that Nancy's parents and I feel.

As we enter 2017, we will continue to devise new strategies to continue to shake up the system in our ongoing effort to bring Nancy home.   A major new effort we will be undertaking after the 1st of the year will involve visits to a large number of skilled nursing and residential care facilities in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.  If any of you have an interest in assisting with those calls, please let me know of your interest and availability.  We are also exploring other avenues of keeping the search alive and will be posting that information on an ongoing basis.

Please know how very much you and your efforts are appreciated and accept our best wishes for a New Year that provides health and happiness for you and your families and finding Nancy for ours.

Kirk

Monday, December 26, 2016

Weekly Update - and How You Can Help (Again)

Last week we finished up calling all the hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities (Nursing Homes) and the residential care facilities for which we received returned mail.  Thanks to Peg and her team for that!  (Over 1300 entries in the call log ... probably many more phone calls than that).

This week we'll concentrate on physically visiting some facilities.

As we have asked before, please share Nancy's information with anyone you know who may come in contact with hospitals, nursing homes or residential care facilities.  We have to push the word (and her picture!) out there (thanks Tavia for sharing your friend's efforts!)

It is also about time to "refresh" getting the word out.  So please
  1. Share on FaceBook, 
  2. Tweet "Missing Alzheimer's patient in LA. Missing for over 2 months.  NancyIsMissing.BlogSpot.com  #NancyIsMissing"
  3. Post on NextDoor in your neighborhood.
  4. Tell someone else you haven't told before!