From Florida Action Committee:
Six months ago, we were contacted by a friend of Steven Striker after he died at the hands of a court-appointed guardian. We posted about it on our site. and suggested that if he had not been on the registry he would have been able to be moved to a nursing home and would be alive today. Because he was on the registry, no assisted living facility would take him and he was forced into the State’s guardianship program where his guardian effectively killed him.
The unfortunate news is that there are still no solutions for elderly or physically/intellectually disabled persons on the registry who require care or housing in an assisted living facitity. We need to do more to pressure our lawmakers to provide relief for those who are not in a physical or mental state to be able to comply with registration requirements.
The fortunate news is that yesterday, Mr. Striker’s court appointed Guardian, Rebecca Fierle-Santoian, was arrested!
We hope Linda and Steven’s daughter find a good personal injury attorney to take this case and sue the State of Florida for leaving Mr. Striker and hundreds of other elderly and disabled registrants in a position where they have no reasonable access to care or dignity as their age or illness advances.
If anyone knows of an aging or disabled person on the registry and is concerned about the future, please contact:
Florida Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom, 4040 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000, 850-414-2000, [email protected] orFlorida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, 4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 380, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0950, (850) 488-4257, [email protected]