Woman gets 18 months of probation for neglect of ex-husband in assisted living

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A Massachusetts woman who managed her ex-husband's financial affairs has been sentenced to 18 months of probation after admitting that she stole funds that were meant to pay for his assisted living accommodations.

Patricia Jackson's actions, according to the Bristol County district attorney's office, temporarily left her former husband without a place to live.

Jackson pleaded guilty to elder neglect and larceny on Aug. 1. The latter charge was continued without a finding for 18 months.

Jackson had been healthcare proxy and power of attorney for her ex-husband, Lester, who moved into Atria Fairhaven in July 2014, according to an account on southcoasttoday.com. She was responsible for making the monthly payments for his housing and care from his retirement funds, as well as for ensuring that his prescriptions were filled.

When Patricia Jackson did not fill her husband's prescriptions and did not respond to Atria's requests to discuss his care, the media outlet said, Atria contracted with a private pharmacy to address his medication needs.

By June 2015, Patricia Jackson was approximately $25,000 in arrears to the senior living community and was not responding to requests for payment, the district attorney's office said; Lester Jackson was evicted.

Lester Jackson stayed in the emergency department of a local hospital before a court-appointed conservator and the district attorney's office found more permanent housing for him. He also has been enrolled in the state Medicaid program.

In a statement to McKnight's Senior Living, Atria Senior Living said: “Atria made every effort to work with the family of Mr. Jackson to ensure he received the care he needed, and to continue his stay with Atria Fairhaven. We are relieved to hear that he is in an appropriate care setting and receiving the attention he needs. We wish him all the best.”

Patricia Jackson also owed $15,000 to a home health aide who had stayed with her husband at Atria at night to make sure he didn't wander, according to the website. She provided a certified bank check to pay the worker as part of the court proceedings.

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