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Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society

March 18, 2015 Via Facsimile (780) 415 8611

To the Protection For Persons In Care Act abuse line:

Complaint against: Patrick McManus, Public Guardian Representative

Office of the Public Guardian

Reference: Client – Laura Guna Finlay- DOB February 23, 1922

Good Samaritan Wedman House, 10525 19 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6X9

In the Act “Abuse” means

(a) “abuse” means

(ii) intentionally causing emotional harm, including, but not limited to, . . . restricting from appropriate social contact.

COMPLAINT:

1) We allege that the client is being denied to have visitors.

2) The client is not being allowed contact with her many friends either

by phone or in person.

3) The client is being denied a visit by her Pastor.

4) The client was stripped of her cell phone in early January.

5) We allege that the client is being isolated.

We ask your office to investigate our concerns. Thank you.

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society,

Duties and responsibilities of guardian

35(1) A guardian shall exercise the guardian’s authority

(a) in the represented adult’s best interests,

(b) diligently,

(c) in good faith,

(d) in a way that encourages the represented adult to become, to the extent possible, capable of caring for himself or herself and of making decisions in respect of matters relating to his or her person, and

(e) in the least intrusive and least restrictive manner that, in the opinion of the guardian, is likely to be effective.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where a guardian has been granted authority with respect to a personal matter with respect to which a personal directive of the represented adult contains instructions, the guardian shall exercise the guardian’s authority in accordance with any clear and relevant instructions in the personal directive.

(3) A guardian shall comply with any conditions, limits or requirements set out in the guardianship order.

(4) On the making of a guardianship order, the guardian shall, promptly and in a manner that the represented adult is likely to best understand, inform the represented adult of the guardian’s appointment, the extent of the guardian’s authority and any conditions, limits or requirements to which the guardianship order is subject.

(5) Subject to the regulations, a guardian shall, within a reasonable time and in a manner that the represented adult is likely to best understand, inform the represented adult of important decisions made by the guardian for the represented adult.

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Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society

May 5, 2015

Via Facsimile (780) 422 6051

Letter to follow.

The Office of the Public Guardian

Attention Charlotte LaRose, Complaints Officer.

Complaint against: Patrick McManus, Public Guardian Representative

Office of the Public Guardian

Reference: Client – Laura Guna Finlay- DOB February 23, 1922

Good Samaritan Wedman House, 10525 19 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6X9

We wish to appeal the dismissal of our complaint as stated in your letter dated

April 9, 2015.

1) We allege that the named Guardian is in breach of the Protection for Persons Act as follows. In the Act “Abuse” means

“abuse” means

(ii) intentionally causing emotional harm, including, but not limited to, . . . restricting from appropriate social contact.

2) We allege that the Guardian Officer has failed in his duties & responsibility as a court appointed guardian.

He has failed to act

(a) in the represented adult’s best interests,

May 5, 2015

Office of the Public Guardian

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(d) in a way that encourages the represented adult to become, to the extent possible, capable of caring for himself or herself and of making decisions in respect of matters relating to his or her person,

(e) in the least intrusive and least restrictive manner that, in the opinion of the guardian, is likely to be effective.

(4) He has failed . . .. inform the represented adult of important decisions made by the guardian for the represented adult.

We know that if informed that she was to be totally isolated, she would have strongly objected.

We ask your office to investigate this injustice.

Thank you.

Yours truly

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society,

 

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