Today marks one year since the passing of Carol Hahn. Friends remember Carol as a helpful and giving person, bringing fresh-baked cookies to social events and giving rides to ailing members of her church. Elder advocates remember Carol as the impetus behind California’s landmark Assembly Bill 937 (2013) to clarify personal rights.
In June 2010, Carol was taken from her home and hidden from family at assisted living facility Wildwood Canyon Villa. When Carol called her daughter for help, Wildwood confiscated Carol’s cell phone and moved her into a secured unit. Wildwood’s Assistant Director told family:
Carol Hahn is allowed no visitors and no phone calls.
In August 2010, San Bernardino County Superior Court appointed attorney Mark J. Andrew Flory to represent Carol. The court instructed Flory to investigate Carol’s situation and facilitate visitation with family. Flory did not follow the court’s instructions. Carol remained isolated from her loved ones.
In September 2010, Community Care Licensing cited Wildwood Canyon Villa for violating Carol’s right to visitation. The citation stated Carol’s right to:
To have his/her visitors, including ombudspersons and advocacy representatives permitted to visit privately during reasonable hours and without prior notice, provided that the rights of other residents are not infringed upon.
Community Care Licensing did not enforce the regulation. Carol remained isolated from her loved ones.
In November 2010, Flory’s report to the court demonstrated his failure to understand personal rights and licensing regulations.
It is unclear to me why the facility was cited…