James House

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The 17th Story

Robin’s father’s caretakers saw an opportunity to take advantage of a flawed system, and they did.

It started with financial exploitation – within six months, $250,000 in cash was gone from Robin’s father’s account. Then they isolated him from family and friends. Grappling with illness that often accompanies old age, Robin’s father took a serious fall and was left alone on the floor for almost 24 hours. This landed him in the hospital – an intervention which actually saved his life, because Robin was able to help her dad escape before it was too late. “We got so close again…We would go to the deck and sit in the sun. Those were some of the fondest memories that I have of dad.”

In honor of the memory of her father, Robin spent many hours at the Virginia State Capitol lobbying and testifying to strengthen laws against elder abuse. Thanks to her efforts, many laws have been strengthened.