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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Few Stories from Visits to Care Facilities and Elsewhere

We have been calling (in some cases, calling yet again) the Skilled Nursing Facilities throughout Southern CA, and have also been visiting the small Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) - these being small ones (6 or fewer residents) in the area surrounding the museum (where Nancy was last seen).  And over the past few weeks, there are a few stories that I found of interest.

To start on a disappointing note - I am truly surprised by how few of the facilities (less than 10 percent) have an attendant that is familiar with Nancy's case.  We snail-mailed to all of these places twice - once with a letter and once with the postcard featuring an "aged" depiction of Nancy.  But it is now clear that we addressed them to the "Administrator" - the person listed in the CA database, and sent it to the address of the actual facility.  The problem with this is that the administrator is probably the owner of the house (these places are just houses with rooms set up to accommodate residents).  They may or may not visit the facilities on any regular basis, and the mail will be picked up by whoever.  The attendants are hired caregivers.  Clearly, the people we need to see the flyer for Nancy are the caregivers, not the owners/administrators.  That being said, some attendants have reported seeing either our TV ad, a Facebook post, or - the most common - "yeah, I've seen that somewhere ..."

On a happier note, a good friend happens to be friends with the manager of a fairly large chain of RCFEs here in SoCal, and the manager invited me to address all of her facility managers at a meeting today.  This was a great opportunity to ask these people to not only check their own facilities, but also to share the NancyIsMissing FaceBook page (or share on social media in other ways).  This was AWESOME!

In our visits, we happened across a larger facility that we had visited before, but went back in.  This too was a happy story because the Charge Nurse told us that her grandmother had similarly wandered, and been lost for 2 years(!).  They finally found her because she required medical attention and was taken to an Emergency Room at a hospital where they recognized her. All of our pushing of the flyers to ERs was not in vain - and in fact, we may have to look at doing it again.

I also had the opportunity to speak to the lead investigator for lost and missing persons at the CA Dept. of Justice.  She has known about Nancy's case since January of last year, and she also reports that a likely scenario is that Nancy is in an RCFE - a common place for missing at-risk people to show up.

So, it appears our efforts are not going to waste, and we'll keep at it!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LA County Board of Supervisors to Consider BOLOH Task Force Recommendations

Supervisor Hahn of the Los Angeles County Board of Superviosors is going to recommmend to the Board that all 17 strategies of the Bringing Our Loved Ones Home task force be adopted.  This includes hiring 4 staff to implement ideas and continue looking into best practices as well as paying for the Sheriff to get equipment from Project Lifesaver. With Sheriff having the proper receivers, every resident in LA County will be able to utilize PLI technology.
This will happen at the Februray 13th meeting, and the meetings are open to the public (with plenty of seating), so you are welcome to join us.
Feb. 13.  9:30 AM 
Board Hearing Rm 381B
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple St.
LA 90012 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Nextdoor, Manhattan Beach City Council, Activites, New "Nancy Search Efforts" Summary


It has been a long time since I have asked you all to post to Nextdoor (I sort of forgot about it), but I certainly think it is worthwhile, and volunteer Christina reminded me and said that she has been getting positive response. So here is something that you may think about posting (I have no idea if you can simply copy and paste this since it has active hyperlinks ... if you can, you might put a picture of Nancy right in the post as well ... pictures are on your right as you read this blog).

Dear Neighbors , 

I'm helping the family of Nancy Paulikas- a woman with severe early on-set Alzheimer's disease who has been missing in Los Angeles since October 2016. 

The family asks that people look over this information and keep their eyes open for Nancy.  In addition, they are asking that we all help inform people by posting on our social media outlets.

Nancy, 57 now, wandered away from her husband during a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art about 3 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2016. She was last seen on security video walking west on Wilshire Boulevard and then south on McCarthy Vista wearing a red, long-sleeve blouse with a white pattern, blue jeans, glasses and navy blue sneakers.

Police and loved ones who have spent months desperately searching for Nancy believe she is lost in the medical system and being cared for as either a Jane Doe or a mis-identified person in a long-term care facility. Her family is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to her return. 

Web site 

Or Facebook NancyIsMissing (or #NancyIsMissing)
KCET SoCal Connected made a segment about Nancy, and you can view it here:

Manhattan Beach City Council

 I met with Richard Montgomery of the Manhattan Beach City Council, and he had several good ideas of how to use government officials to help get other organizations to more broadly send out the information on Nancy (for example, having a government official ask the leaders of the CA Nurses Union to distribute Nancy's information).  Mr. Montgomery also encouraged me to address the City Council directly.  They have been kind enough show repeat a video clip about Nancy in their streaming video-cast for the council.  Accompanied by Nancy's father, George, I attended the January 17 council meeting and addressed those in attendance.


We are specifically reaching out to the Los Angeles Filipino community with an ad placed in 20 Catholic Parish Newsletters (targeted parishes), and also a couple of ads in Filipino Newspapers.  Thanks to Christina for finding the right contact with the Parish papers.

We are continuing to make calls to Skilled Nursing Facilities.  There are occasional positive reactions.  Today my sister Allison spoke to a woman at a Brookdale care facility (part of a large chain) and she promised to spread Nancy's story to all of the Brookdale centers in the area.

Upated "Nancy Search Efforts" document

Nancy Search Efforts PDF

Monday, January 15, 2018

Recent, beautiful sentiment added to this blog by an anonymous poster

We wanted to share this beautiful sentiment left by added an anonymous poster recently.

It’s uplifting to receive and share these thoughts, and to note that this person not only continues to look for Nancy but is also careful to ensure that others do not continue to go missing.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post:

Nancy’s picture was posted at my desk (and in several areas in our office space) at my old job in mental health. Always kept her in mind as I reviewed 40 plus admissions during my shift. Now I’m in a hospital in DTLA and I run across similar cases. I’m always very cautious when I get a discharge request for a homeless person that is confused. My prayers are with you to bring your loved one home.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Not Much to Report

I haven't posted in awhile, so I thought I would just let you all know that nothing new has been happening.

We are continuing to call nursing homes in Southern California (Thank you callers!), and typically we contact someone willing to help by sharing and posting Nancy's information at their facility.

We also run a TV ad in Southern CA.  I receive one to three "tips" a week based on this ad.  Clearly, the most helpful tips are when they can send a picture as well, and the least helpful are the "I think I saw her last month somewhere ....".  I do not think I have received more than one tip from a nursing home of residential facility, which is our best guess for where Nancy could possibly be.

We are continuing our efforts to "follow the money".  Detective Rosenberger has written to the CA Dept of Health asking for help searching the MediCal database for all of CA, and they have agreed to look into this (busy over the holiday, etc.).  Hopefully, we can break through that logjam soon.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Another Missing Person Identified, BOLOH Task Force Complete

Detective Soto of the LAPD Missing Persons Dept. reported yesterday that they were able to identify a "Jane Doe" from a Residential Care Facility.  This facility had been called by our team several times, and I visited it twice.  I received an email from the administrator there who said that they had a woman "found in a park bathroom".  She knew it was not Nancy, but she asked how she could go about identifying her.  I replied that the best way was to contact the LAPD, and gave her Det. Soto's contact information.

It turns out that this woman has been at their facility since 2011 (!)  Det. Soto was able to identify her (she was previously listed as a missing person). 

So, unfortunately, these things really do happen.  I believe a couple of other people on the task force are going to check into how the facility paid for her, etc.  There is also language in the final report to work to influence the CA Agency that licenses RCFEs to better educate them as to what to do in these cases.

The Task Force completed and produced their final report.  Here is a link to the final draft (I believe there are a few more clean-up items, so this does not represent the actual final report).  Supervisor Janice Hahn was in attendance yesterday, and her plan is to craft a proposal and present it to the LA County Board of Supervisors late January or early February next year.  The Task Force was truly a great example of varied agencies working together to find shortfalls and propose reasonable approaches to helping to prevent wandering in the first place, and greatly improve the processes involved if someone at risk does get lost. It was a pleasure and honor to participate on the Task Force.

BOLOH Task Force, Final Report Draft

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Article in the Daily Breeze by Megan Barnes; HASC Adds Nancy's Stroy to Their HIPAA Training

Megan Barnes continues to help us keep Nancy's story alive:
Daily Breeze Aritcle by Megan Barnes

The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) had a Webinair today about patient disclosure and privacy rules.  They specifically had a couple of charts on Nancy (with her picture), using that as an example of when it is OK to release (selected) patient information.

Nancy's story does seem to be having an impact.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Another round of calls, emails, BOLOH Task Force progress

We are (again) calling Nursing Homes (Skilled Nursing Facilities).  We called most of them in the Southern CA area in January, so it seems appropriate to revisit this.  Many thanks to the callers for performing this chore.  If you would like to get in on the action, please let us knows by sending an email to NancyIsMissing@gmail.com.

We also have a volunteer, Neil, from Australia who has offered to do emailing, so I gave him the list of email addresses that we have.  Although these primarily go to administrators, it never hurts to continue to try and reach as many people as possible.

I am also trying to run an ad in Philippine-oriented newspapers in the LA area, but so far, my efforts to contact the 3 papers have not resulted in replies.  If anyone happens to have any familiarity with this, and would like to help, please let me know.

The Bringing Our Loved Ones Home Task Force has produced a draft final report that looks very good.  It is quite impressive how all of these people were able to come together and produce a set of solid recommendations.  Every member of the Task Force was truly dedicated to the task of making the process much better.  Kudos especially to Adria Navarro and Richard Franco for being able to "herd the cats."

Once the report is available on-line, I will share it here.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

PLEASE keep looking for Nancy in residential care faciliites! Woman Missing for 42 years, found in residential care facility....

A 27 Oct 2017 article in the Washington Post 
And it increases our belief that Nancy is actually in a local facility!

And this belief is further strengthened by a recent, anecdotal report from law enforcement official that a missing person was recently identified here in Los Angeles when his body was sent to the morgue from a residential care facility and he was actually ON the missing persons list!


From the article:

"She suffers from dementia. The details of the last 42 years have been blotted out by her condition. “We really don’t know the circumstances of why or how she disappeared. She had psychiatric problems leading up to that point,” the detective said.
Medical records for Flora Harris indicated she had previously spent time in a nursing home in New Hampshire and Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Her medical records stretched back 30 years, then stopped. There does not appear to be anything else throwing light on Stevens’s lost years."
And another interesting fact from the article:
"But as Esquire reported last year, by January 2016 there were still 21,894 active cases of missing women on the books..."
Link to Washington Post Article