Planning ahead for the institutional care of a loved one is a job no one looks forward to, but it vitally important nonetheless. How to make smart and informed decisions was the key theme of the Fourth Annual DC Guardianship Conference, co-sponsored by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Probate Division and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and held at the law school on March 9.
Featured sessions included expert perspectives on ethical dilemmas in guardianships, psychiatric hospitalizations, advanced directive planning, financial exploitation, the role of home health care agencies, and many other aspects of care for the elderly.
Catholic University Columbus of Law Professor Faith Mullen (top) covered “Choosing a Quality Nursing Home,” stressing to the audience the importance of thinking ahead.
“So many people make this choice blind,” she said. “Visit. Make some plans. Don’t let this become a crisis choice.”
Mullen noted the Web site Medicare.gov offers great resources for evaluating key categories in nursing home care, including the number of violations flagged, or deficiencies noted in patient care across other categories.
Opening remarks for the half-day conference were offered by Judge Rhonda Reid Winston, DC Superior Court, and keynote speakers included Peter Newsham, assistant deputy chief of police, DC Metropolitan Police Department; and John Breyault, vice president of public policy telecommunications and fraud, National Consumers League.