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Elderly couple removed from longtime home; family, friend dispute Office of Aging findings
Lancaster Online | November 19, 2012 | JEFF HAWKES

Posted on 11/19/2012 6:06:55 PM PST by Timber Rattler

In May 1964, Nels and Irene Highberg bought their first and only home. It was a modest, brick rancher -- no garage -- on a pleasant cul-de-sac on the edge of East Petersburg.

The Highbergs raised two sons there. They entertained neighbors there. They grew old there. After 48 years at 6312 Miriam Circle, the Highbergs -- Nels is 92, Irene is 89 -- figured they could manage a while longer. Family and friends agreed.

But the county Office of Aging stepped in last summer, saying for safety reasons the Highbergs must move to a nursing home.

"I ain't going to go," Highberg said, according to Erick Highberg, the couple's 54-year-old son.

When a van arrived Aug. 2 to take the couple to Oak Leaf Manor in Millersville, Highberg sat in a chair in the driveway for many long minutes. He got in the van only after a police officer showed up.

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Now that the Highbergs are at Oak Leaf Manor, a new worry for the Highberg family is the possibility of another move to a less expensive, state-subsidized facility because their money is running out.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: aging; home; missinglink; removal; vanity
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"We're from the government and we're here to help."

A glimpse of the future for the elderly under liberal rule...

Next up...Soylent Green.

1 posted on 11/19/2012 6:07:09 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

I had not realized that local government could do this, but an elderly friend tells me that she has been receiving weekly visits from social workers who insist she pack up and move for her own safety. Unbelievable . . . and absolutely certain to get worse.


2 posted on 11/19/2012 6:10:04 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Timber Rattler

So why did the 54 year old son just stand by and let them take his parents?


3 posted on 11/19/2012 6:12:52 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Timber Rattler

officer, several years future: Now then, what’s all this about you old folks not taking your patriotic suicide pills?!? it too unsafe and expensive for the state to allow you to live, you may hurt yourself or get inadequate care as your impotance to society scores are almost zero now.


4 posted on 11/19/2012 6:13:38 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: madprof98

I guarantee that, after this couple’s money runs out and they are transferred to a dingier facility to wait out their remaining days, the next step will be state seizure and sale of their property to pay the liberal bureaucrats who put them there.


5 posted on 11/19/2012 6:15:25 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

al i know is if they genuinely can take care of themselves, they should stay. if they really can’t because of real problems, they ought to be convinced to move to a place that will give them the help they cannot do for themselves.

i have a 90+ year old neighbor guy whjo is jusr fine, he has his kids stopping by daily, but he does his own chores and has cut down on driving partly because i think his kids get stuff for him. but he’s just fine and shouldn’t have to go anywhere, he can take care of himself fine.


6 posted on 11/19/2012 6:17:50 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Timber Rattler

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/780904_Elderly-couple-removed—from-longtime-home—family—friend-dispute-Office-of-Aging-findings.html

Just cuz some Freepers will ask.


7 posted on 11/19/2012 6:18:03 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Timber Rattler

I had to google cause I was sure that “Office of Aging” couldn’t possibly in the USA with the power to evict people from their own homes....

There are these offices all over the place!


8 posted on 11/19/2012 6:19:26 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Next door neighbor passed away from ALS. Her husband a 100% disabled, retired Marine. In return for in home care they had to sign over their mortgage free home to the state of PA. He can live there until he dies then it goes to the state.


9 posted on 11/19/2012 6:21:00 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: vette6387
What prompted the Office of Aging's action was receipt June 10 of a "report of need" from a party the agency, by law, may not disclose.

This REALLY bothers me...

10 posted on 11/19/2012 6:21:35 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Timber Rattler

You want government?

Then it’s government you get. Enjoy.


11 posted on 11/19/2012 6:21:39 PM PST by lurk
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To: Timber Rattler

You are behind, the first facility already took everything, now it’s just a matter of waiting for the declaration of death. The state facility will extend their life as they only get paid for the live ones, vegetative of not. They get extra to pay for the sedation.
As to their 54 year old son, perhaps had they had a closer relationship they wouldn’t be in this situation. Many abdicated the raising of their children to the government so they could “find themselves”. A high price indeed when the chickens come home to roost.


12 posted on 11/19/2012 6:21:55 PM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

thank you


13 posted on 11/19/2012 6:24:27 PM PST by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Timber Rattler
There must have been some reason for the social workers to come calling. Not saying they did the right thing, but they don't just go out cruising the burbs looking for old people in lawn chairs. Someone dropped a dime, the busybodies responded, and the rest is a mere court appointed guardianship away.
14 posted on 11/19/2012 6:24:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Timber Rattler

“Office of Aging”

Sounds like something out a futuristic movie.

It is wrong, just wrong.....


15 posted on 11/19/2012 6:27:06 PM PST by MissH
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To: Timber Rattler
might better of sat on the porch with a gun...
16 posted on 11/19/2012 6:28:02 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: madprof98

I’m not saying this is the case with your friend...but I have friend that does social work for the state. He works almost entirely with the elderly in rural areas. Many have no family and little money. Their homes are hazardous. They often have no food or warmth. He actually brings them food, hooks them up with Meals On Wheels and coordinates with local utility companies to keep the lights and heat/ac on.

He never “insists” that they move to safer quarters, but he does encourage them. The few he has been able to convince to relocate usually end up back in their homes in a week or two.

Of course that is their right. But it is heartbreaking for him to see the elderly live in such conditions. His motives aren’t nefarious at all.


17 posted on 11/19/2012 6:29:05 PM PST by berdie
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To: Brad's Gramma
The house will be sold, probably at auction, to pay for the nursing home. The person who filed the report may have been an opportunistic real estate speculator operating in the neighborhood.
18 posted on 11/19/2012 6:29:27 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Timber Rattler

Where’s their two SONS!!!!!!!!
This is infuriating to me.


19 posted on 11/19/2012 6:30:14 PM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Brad's Gramma

>>This REALLY bothers me...

I know. Soon, your neighbors will be able to report you for anything to the local Revolutionary Council, or whatever our homegrown commies choose to call it.


20 posted on 11/19/2012 6:31:43 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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