End of day summaries

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Productive Meeting with Molly Davies and Dr. Wasserman

Molly Davies, Vice President of WISE and Healthy Aging, was kind enough to facilitate a meeting between us and Dr. Michael Wasserman, CEO of Rockport Healthcare Services - a non-profit dedicated to improving the well being of care facility residents.

Dr. Wasserman is well connected to many others in this industry, and is taking steps to spread the word about Nancy to a much larger audience.  He is also interested in the overall problem of Jane Does or other missing people ending up in Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities, and is going to look at the various processes that are in place (or not) to see if there are ways of greatly  improving the coordination between administrators of facilities and missing persons agencies.

Thanks so much to Ms. Davies for setting this up!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tremendous Response to the Steve Lopez Article

We have been receiving great response to Steve Lopez's article in the LA Times.

Many people have emailed volunteering to help - including several detectives/investigators, both active and retired.  They have provided us with several ideas on other organizations to contact that might help disseminate Nancy's information more widely.

Of particular note is a former fraud investigator who states that the theory that Nancy is being kept in a care facility, possibly for fraudulent purposes, is right on the money.  He related several anecdotes of abusive practices and shady operations.  There is a set of investigative articles on this in the Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/news/investigations/article2573412.html

From this situation, and with the help of Molly Davies - the Vice President for Elder Abuse Prevention and Ombudsman Services at WISE and Healthy Aging, we were able to get a large holding firm of care facilities to send Nancy's flyer to all of their administrators - possibly much more efficient then our group calling/visiting that many facilities.

There were also several "tips" of people that might be Nancy, but so far, of course, none of those have panned out.



Monday, March 26, 2018

MBPD Sent Letters to over 800 RCFEs in LA; KNX Radio News Spot

Detective Rosenberger took the initiative to send out letters on Manhattan Beach Police Department letterhead, along with flyers, to 858 Residential Care Facilities in LA County (that's about all of the ones that have more than 6 residents!

Thanks to the police - and let's see if this garners more response than our previous mailings!

Also, KNX Radio (LA radio station) called me last week for a quick interview, and they apparently ran the story off of that many times over the next few days.  Keeping the story alive in the media should be helpful.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

PSA from ALZGLA about Alzheimer's Patients Getting Lost

Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles has made a Public Service Announcement video about Alzheimer's patients getting lost ... here it is:

https://youtu.be/ok0iJCS1rn4

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

Nextdoor

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.

Activities

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