Senior Fraud: “Incorrigible Leech” Almost Struck Again in Victoria

I just discovered that this man has been preying on new clients of Act Together Moving Services. He developed a “friendship” and gained their trust by helping them with odd jobs and hauling. Luckily his history of defrauding seniors was discovered and contact has been cut off before he was able to do them too much harm.

This man is still living and possibly defrauding other seniors in Victoria. Please read this Times Colonist article so you recognize him when you see him! And please share with any seniors you know.

aroundtown-pro-am-jpgA B.C. Supreme Court justice called a Victoria man “an incorrigible leech” and ordered him to vacate a wealthy elderly widow’s property this week and repay her $140,000 for lost investments, unpaid rent, personal loans and a car.

 

Moving With Dementia

Ting and I attended a very informative training this week put on by the Alzheimer Society. dementia_friendsWe found out the number of people who live with dementia in BC is over 70,000 and the risk for dementia doubles every five years after age 65.

Since our clientele is generally 75-105 years old, we need to recognize the signs of dementia and incorporate special techniques into our moving services to maximize the health and safety of our clients. We also need to use our experience and training to help family members avoid common pitfalls during the move.

about-promo-involveThe changes caused by moving from a familiar home to brand new surroundings can be terribly disorienting for anyone, much less for a person with memory loss and challenges with problem-solving.
If you’re facing this situation, this article from the Mayo Clinic offers great advice on how to prepare for a loved one’s move.

We wholeheartedly agree with all of the ideas in this article. Most importantly, when moving a person with dementia, special care and attention should be taken to prepare for the move, coordinate the move itself, and follow-up during the first few months after the move so that the transition can be as safe, healthy and low-stress as possible.

Resources:

Alzheimer’s: Smoothing the transition on moving day

Alzheimer Society of BC


We Can Help

In our community, many elderly people do not have family members living nearby who can take these extra steps to make the transition as comfortable as possible for them. The good new is, we can help. We can also provide support to caregivers who need an extra set of hands on move day, advice on how to set up the new home, or we can get rid of things that can’t fit into the new home. Give us a call to find out more.

Act Together Moving Services

Moving Mom and Dad Workshop

We’re giving a workshop on Saturday, February 15 at The Wellesley in Victoria. It’s purpose: to help people with elderly parents to prepare for their future move. Patrick and I are looking forward to delivering a fun and helpful workshop, class size will be kept quite small so we can be hands-on with individual situations going on with people in the workshop.bld4

Avoid Theft and Fraud

pat-smallBy Patrick Fagan

Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services 

During the moving process there are many details to keep up with. Often the phone is ringing more than usual and strangers are coming into the home. Follow these useful tips to protect you from individuals who do not have your best interests in mind:

1. Stay Alert

Moving Someone Who is Sick

Anney-smallBy Anney Ardiel
Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services
Can you imagine if you found yourself in hospital right before moving day? With elderly people, it happens more than you’d think. In fact we have two clients who are in that incredibly difficult position this week. Continue reading

Moving and Memory Issues

pat-smallBy Patrick Fagan

Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services 

Most elderly people could use some degree of assistance to keep track of things during transition. If you’re helping someone with memory issues to move, use these tips to maximize your ability to help while at the same time preserve everyone’s dignity.

Tip #1 Keep track

  • Create an inventory of the furniture room by room, and label all the packed boxes.
  • Have a collapsible file folder on hand to hold move-related documents, contracts, and phone numbers. Continue reading

Recycling the Hazards in Your Home

pat-smallBy Patrick Fagan

Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services 

One of the least-loved part of a move is saying goodbye to expired paint, tomato fertilizer and various cleaning sprays that will need safe disposal before moving day. Products like these that collect over the years are likely categorized as hazardous household waste (HHW) and will require some special attention when it comes time for disposal. Continue reading