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DOES THIS MEET THE THRESHOLD FOR THE LAYING OF CRIMINAL CHARGES CODE OF CANADA?
 
 
 
 
November 16, 2021
 
Email letter mbdietz@snipercom.net
 
Mrs. Marjorie and Mr. Brian Dietz: Slave Lake, AB.
REFERENCE
 
Alice Mary Badgerow, DOB 10/18/32
Sweet Grass Seniors Home, 105 6 Ave. NE, Slave Lake, AB.
 
 
Mr. and Mrs. Dietz:
 
Please allows us to meet with you tomorrow afternoon, November 17, 2022 @ 3:00 PM in regard to the above named Alice Mary Badgerow,
 
Perhaps we could meet with you for about half an hour in a restaurant and talk over coffee.
 
Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter.
 
We would be grateful fi you would respond to our request by morning, November 17, 2022 @8:30 AM.
 
Regards,
 
 
ELDER ADVOCATES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY (1992)
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The visit went very bad Brian got really angry while we were sitting in the same area that we sat (by the mailboxes) and he tried to physically assault me by nearly punching me in the face twice
 
He attempted to wind up to punch me right in front of my Grandma as well as 2 staff members
 
I tried to alert the 2 staff members who saw the wholes episode I tried to call them over but they both took off I had
thought I recorded it w my phone but I was panicking and didn’t start the video to record however I am certain there is security cameras that should have got the whole thing on video He was also very pushy and rough with my Grandma He was trying to drag her by her arm away from me back to her room
 
I don’t know what to do but something should be done Should I call the rcmp and try to have them get the security video that will show how nuts ge went rf Sweetgrass?
 
He never actually hit me but came about 3 mm from his fist to me face He continued to point his finger at me and was yelling at me right in my face it was crazy
 
I’m still shaking and scared to I’m all of it He also told me I would never be allowed to see my grandma again and I told him we will s e e about that& left after he forced her back to her room I am not sure what to do but he needs to
be stopped
 

Thanks,
 
November 20, 2022 5:25 PM
 
 
 
Gina Dietz
 
A complaint was made to the RCMP
 
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Gina:
 
I think you have to take very, very seriously when a person who is a respected person of the community, yells and physically attempts to hit someone, not privately but all in front of others, in a very public place.
 
You need to tell the RCMP about it, maybe you did.
 
Just the facts need to be recorded that it happened and when it happened.
 
You are right, he needs to be stopped.
 
You are a very small person.
 
He would not be intimidated by your size.
 
 
Something must be going terribly wrong in his world.
 
 
In the confusion, were you aware of your Grandma saying anything or how she reacted?
 
Staff just took off?
 
 
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December 6, 2022
 
Letter sent by email – breynolds@mhlip.ca
 
 
Mr. Braeden .L Reynolds LL.B.
10012 101 St.
P.O. Box 6210, Stn. Main
Peace River, Alberta T8S 152
 
 
Dear Mr. Reynolds:
REFERENCE: Alice Mary Badgerow – 90 year old Cree Elder.
DOB 10/18/32 Detained at Sweet Grass Seniors Facility, Slave Lake, AB.
 
 
We represent the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who speak in defense of the frail dependent, voiceless elderly. That, just as it appears in this matter, are not heard, are disregarded, preyed upon and neglected.
 
1) It has been brought to our attention that on March 9 2022, you attended at the home of the above named Alice Mary Badgerow. You met
with her in a bedroom.
 
2) We believe that you attended at the behest of Marjorie and Brian Dietz.
 
3) Alice Mary Badgerow signed a Power of Attorney Document granting Agency to Brian and Marjorie Dietz.
 
4) Please advise us whether –
a) an interpreter was present during your interview?
 
 
b) a support person was present?
 
 
c) Alice Mary Badgerow was consulted whether she wanted someone to attend with her?
 
 
d) her signature was witnessed as is protocol ni legal matters?
 
 
e) she fully understood what she was signing?
 
 
f) you fully established that she was giving informed consent?
 
 
RELEVANT HISTORY.
 
5) We have been informed that Alice Mary Badgerow is the mother of 10 children whom she raised together with her husband. She also raised some grandchildren.
 
5) We were allowed to meet with her on November 17, 2022 under the close supervision of her son, Brian Dietz.
 
6) We met with her in the Great Room at the Sweet Grass Seniors facility.
 
7) She presented as a lovely lady. Without prompting told us that as a child she lived in a Tee Pee. She reflected that it was warm and pleasant.
 
8) She also told us that later while attending the Grouard Residential School, that she and some other children ran away from the school. They then went to live with her uncle.
 
9) One would question how much schooling this lady actually had.
 
10) It would strongly appear that English is her second language. She
speaks fluent Cree and when with elderly friends, converses in the Cree language.
 
11) When her son, indicated to us that our meeting was over, he directed hismother and her walker, she is walker dependent, towards her unit. She strongly expressed, verbally and by body language that she did not wish to return to her unit but rather to “go out”.
 
12) This Cree Elder is presently detained in a locked unit of the facility. She has been deemed incompetent.
 
 
Thank you.
 
 
We would be grateful to be in receipt of yourreply by the 16th of December 2022.
 
Yourstruly,
 
Elder Advocates of Alberta Society (1992)
 
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Shaded Windows

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On Mar 1,2566 BE, at 9:46AM,OPGT AGTA PDA Complaints
 
 
Gina, this email has been received. However, in order for us to consider it for investigation the complaint needs to be signed by you. We also need full address and contact information for all parties names as well as a copy of the personal directive and the enactment documents which would be a Schedule 2 or a Schedule 3. We are unable to proceed without these documents. Please forward them to us at your earliest convenience so that we can proceed with screening the complaint.
 
 
ComplaintsOffice
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) Seniors, Comminuty and Social Services
Fax: 780-422-6051
Email: OPGT-AGTAPDAComplaints@gov.ab.ca
Website: https://www.alberta.ca/complaints-about- decision-makers.aspx
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Hello:
Did He badmouth me?
 
I didn’t realize.
 
I’m sorry but I find these people pathetic.
 
Did they listen to your complaint that a Cree Elder is being detained behind locked doors.
 
She is not a flight risk. Even if she was, she should not be locked up. It’s cruel
 
She is a free spirited chickadee.
 
Will they speak for you, will they try to intervene for her not be detained behind locked doors with shaded windows.
 
Will they try to help her? That’s what counts.
 
Ruth
 
 
 
 
On Mar 3, 2023, at 5:24 PM, Gina Dietz wrote:
 
Dear Ruth,
 
Just emailing to make sure you aren’t upset w me for telling you what that guy (Kevin, I think was his name) from Persons in Protected Care was saying about the dangers of having you help my Grandmas situation I hope that you know I was just telling you because I totally disagree with what his opinions are
 
I think you are a super great advocate and believe you are on the side of Seniors I think the work you do is so important That guy does little to offer any assistance to the elderly & vulnerable people that are legally allowed to be taken advantage of by individuals such a s their own family members such a s Brian & Marjorie
 
So just wanted to clarify that I think you are a amazing lady w a heart of gold
 
Have a nice weekend,
Gina
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Hi Melanie,
I am emailing for a second time to let you know that am unable to get some of the required documents such as a copy of the Personal Directive for my Grandmother, Alice Badgerow In addition you requested a schedule 2 or 3 be sent in However I am unsure what a Schedule 2
or 3 is ?? I am not sure where to get the Schedule(s) requested ? Are these documents that my Aunt & Uncle would have ? I am hopeful (that due to my inability to contact either my
Aunt or Uncle for the requested documents) that your office may be able to contact either of them to see if the documents could be obtained by someone from The OPGT I already
certain that due to this entire situation being as bad as it has become that my Aunt or
Uncle would not be willing to hand over any such documents to me in order to file this valid complaint against them
 
I feel that the situation is urgent and I have been delayed again now I have received your email requesting the documents and my signature to move forward in March 1/23 I replied on March 3/23 but have heard nothing back since I understand that these documents are required in order to keep this moving forward I really need the help of your office as my grandmother is clearly suffering mentally as more time goes by with nothing being done to try resolve any of my numerous & ongoing concerns
 
If you could please get back to me asap as this needs to be investigated and the sooner the better as I feel my Grandmother is running out if time possibly as a result
 
Thanks,
 
Gina Dietz
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March 5, 2023
 
Email SH.Minister@gov.ab.ca
 
Honourable Mr. Jeremy Nixon Legislature, Edmonton, AB
Minister of Seniors, Alberta
 
 
Protection for Persons in CareAct, SA 2009, c P-29.1
(a) requires the reporting ofabuse involving clients, (It is an offense to fail to report)
 
(c) Exists to promote the prevention of abuse involving clients.
 
(2) In this Act. “abuse” means an act or an omission with respect to a client receiving care or support services from a service provider that
 
(b) causes serious emotional harm.
 
REFERENCE: Alice Mary Badgerow – DOB 10/18/32 Detained at Sweet Grass Seniors Facility, Slave Lake, AB.
 
90 YEAR OLD CREE ELDER DETAINED BEHIND LOCKED DOORS AND SHADED WINDOWS.
 
We represent the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who speak in defense of the frail dependent, voiceless elderly. That, just as it appears in this matter, are not heard, are disregarded, preyed upon and neglected.
 
COMPLAINT AGAINST Marjorie and Brian Dietz. agents under the Personal Directives Act, and attorneys under the Powers of Attorney
Act,
 
COMPLAINT:
We allege that the protocol that this Elder is being subjected to wil result in her descending into confusion and ultimately severe dementia.
 
a) This 90 year old Cree Elder is being detained behind locked doors?
b) She is being isolated. Sits alone in a room with shades drawn
c) She is denied to receive indigenous food brought by family members.-
d) She was known in the area as “Chickadee” but now is often denied visitors.
e) She is a free spirit who lived on the Prairies in a Tee Pee but now is detained in a room that looks out to nowhere and has a sign on the wall which directs that shades must be drawn at all times.
f) She was denied to attend the Native Friendship Center Christmas
party.
g) She was denied to attend the Kokums Retreat. h)
h) She is being denied all rights?
We allege elder abuse.
 
 
RELEVANTHISTORY.
Why is this Cree Elder locked up?
1) She is not a flight risk, she is walker dependent, we allege that she is increasingly walker dependent partly because she gets little exercise.
 
2) She is a free spirit who lived on the Prairies in a Tee Pee.
 
3) We visited with her. She voluntarily told us that she, lived out on the Prairies ni a Tee Pee. Who, as a child ran away from a residential school to live with another family member.
 
4) She is now detained in two rooms at the back of a senior care
facility, with shades drawn, in rooms that look out to emptiness, to empty roads.
 
5) She is disallowed to receive indigenous food brought by family.
 
6) There is no phone
 
7) There is a sign that directs that shades must be drawn at all times.
 
8) We have been told that everyone used to call her “Chickadee”and
she’s still commonly known in the area as “Chickadee” They gave
her this nickname a long time ago because she really likes talking, being engaged and enjoying conversation with people so she was
nick named Chickadee.
 
9) Chickadee is being silenced. She is being almost totally isolated.
 
10) This elder was subjected to cognitive testing? How ludicrous. What
for? So that someone could take authority over her and deny her, her rights, cause her loneliness, isolation ultimately confusion.
 
11) In our visit with her, she did not demonstrate confusion. She presented as a gracious lady and lucid. Her eyes lit up when she recalled her past free life.
 
12) How much schooling would she have had?
Dr. Nicholaas Lerm subjected the Elder to a cognitive test.
 
13) Her first language was Cree and we have been told that even now when she interacts with other older persons they speak their language.
 
14) Was an interpreter present when she was subjected to cognitive testing so that she fully comprehended the questions?
 
15) Was there special hearing accommodation made available so she
could hear the questioning? She is severely hearing impaired, has not been provided a hearing aid.
 
16) The Elder was disallowed to attend the Native Friendship Center Christmas party. There she would have had an opportunity to converse in her language with other elders and enjoy indigenous foods that are familiar to her. We have been told that at the Sweet Grass facility ti is seldom that indigenous foods are served, it is a public facility.
 
17) The Elder was denied to attend the Kokums Retreat. Itwas an
event put on by other Natives wanting to share their ways and culture
 
18) Are those who assumed authority over her, acting in her best interests?
 
19) We have been informed that Alice Mary Badgerow is the mother of 10 children whom she raised together with her husband. She also raised grandchildren.
 
20) We were allowed to meet with her on November 17, 2022 under the close supervision of her son, Brian Dietz.
 
21) We met with her in the Great Room at the Sweet Grass Seniors facility.
20) She presented as a lovely lady. Without prompting told us that as a child she lived ni a Tee Pee. She reflected that ti was warm and pleasant.
 
23) She also told us that later while attending the Grouard Residential
School, that she and some other children ran away from the school. They then went to live with her uncle.
 
24) During our visit and conversation with the Elder, Brian Dietz, the son, tapped on the table with his fingernails). The sound was distracting in the comparative silence of the large room we were in.
 
25) It was also intimidating for the reason that we knew he could have us removed at any time.
 
26) It is known that without cause, he has summarily and aggressively removed family while visiting.
 
27) When he indicated that our meeting was over, he directed the mother and her walker, towards her rooms. Shestrongly expressed, verbally and by body language that she did not wish to return there but rather to “go out”.
 
28) We allege that it is wrong to actively condemn this woman to loneliness who throughout her life was always surrounded by people, a very large family, grandchildren. .She was known as a congenial person, a chickadee.
 
29) She is defenseless and voiceless.
 
 
 
REMEDY SOUGHT
1) We are fully aware of the legislation that governs the authority which Mariorie and Brian Dietz sought and were granted in regard to
Alice Mary Badgerow.
2) Nevertheless, we allege it is an act of cruelty to keep her locked up alone in silent rooms that look out to nowhere.
3) We allege that It is immoral to do so. What are they thinking?
4) We submit that it is time that Brian and Marjorie Dietz be called to accountability in this matter.
We respectfully ask for your intervention in this matter.
Please allow us to be in receipt of a response of this urgent matter by 27th of March, 2023.
 
 
Thank you.
 
Yours truly
 
 
 
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On Mar 6, 2023, at 6:16 PM, Gina Dietz wrote:
 
Hi Ruth,
 
Thanks for the email it brightened my day You are right when you say there really is no protection for Seniors (from possible abuse) offered by any govt agencies This is such a shame and changes should and need to be made
 
I did send Melanie Blackwell from the OPGT office what I had sent
you for my complaint against Brian & Marjorie I will include she sent me back It is discouraging the little help available in a situation that I feel is so dire and urgent Unfortunately I have no clue how I could ever get Melanie a copy of the Personal Directive Currently to the best of my knowledge there is a no contact order in place between myself and Brian & Marjorie
I am wondering why the OPGT can’t themselves obtain these required
documents? I am told that a copy of the PD is required in order for the
OPGT to move forward w the complaint So this will again likely again be more delay, as well as another major obstacle in getting any help from their office
 
I have emailed Melanie back regarding the request for the document but have not yet got a reply from her I am hoping she gets back to me soon If not I will send another email
 
Do you know anything about the OPGT office located in St Paul, Ab ?
A spoke to a lady from that office awhile back who did seem quite concerned with what I had told her in regards to B & M and by Grandmas situation I wondering if I need to submit the complaint only to Melanie Blackwell or if I could go through the St Paul office instead?
 
Anyways have a visit tom w my Grandmas which I am looking forward to We are going to try go through some old photo albums with her I have also been researching sone little activities to try out with her She likes sorting things so we are gonna see if activities related to sitting may spark her interest She often spend the majority of her time sleeping wc to me is no way to spend your days It’s off to me how much she can sleep and still be tired I just don’t get it I believe they are sedating her w more or new meds It’s got to be something
 
Also did I ever tell you how my Grandma often would ask me strange little random questions such as ” Gina are individuals are allowed to be putting people to sleep?”
At first I was very confused by it all It was just out of nowhere the first time she brought it up I had no clue what she meant do I said “What do you mean Grandma by putting people to sleep?”
 
She went on to ask how they could go that to people she went in to be able to understand that she could see in some cases like if a person had a pet that was very sick & suffering w or is of very old age how they can take the pet to a vet where they could get the animal out down”
 
I was glad she understood that vets sometimes do this at the request of the owner and that they were allowed But not thinking about MAID being a service offered nowadays I went on to tell her that no one can put a person to sleep as b n d that it would be against the law to do so
 
Sadly I have since then been made aware that MAID is a real thing considered by terminally il individuals or often the elderly as a legal way to medically end their life
 
It is just odd for her to ask such strange things As she would never ask something so odd unless she was scared that this could actually happen Or fi possibly someone had previously had a discussion with her about such a topic
I just do not trust B & M whatsoever and they do have the power to sign her up for something like MAID I just probably am overthinking but it scares me when she says such strange and off topic things like this I am becoming increasingly worried also that B & M will consider relocating (since losing their son Daniel) to the maritimes (PEl) where Marjorie is from
They had always planned to return to P I upon their retirement The only thing standing in their way of being able to relocate is my Grandma
 
Anyways better get going
 
Gina
Sent from my iPhone
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March 7, 2023
 
Email ir.ministeroffice@gov.ab.ca
 
Honourable Mr. Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations
Alberta Legislature,
Edmonton, AB
 
 
Protection for Persons in Care Act, SA 2009, c P-29.1
(a) requires the reporting of abuse involving clients, (It is an offense to fail to report)
(c) Exists to promote the prevention of abuse involving clients.
(2) In this Ac,t “abuse” means an act or an omission with respect to a
client receiving care or support services from a serviceprovider that
(b) causes serious emotional harm,
 
REFERENCE: Alice Mary Badgerow – DOB 10/18/32 Detained at Sweet Grass Seniors Facility, Slave Lake, AB.
 
 
90 YEAR OLD CREE ELDER DETAINED BEHIND LOCKED DOORS AND SHADED WINDOWS.
 
We represent the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who speak in defense of the frail dependent, voiceless elderly. That, just as it appears in this matter, are not heard, are disregarded, preyed upon and neglected.
 
 
COMPLAINT AGAINST Marjorie and Brian Dietz. agents under
the Personal Directives Act, and attorneys under
the Powers of Attorney Act,
 
COMPLAINT:
We allege that the protocol that this Elder is being subjected to will result in her descending into confusion and ultimately severe dementia.
 
a) This 90 year old Cree Elder is being detained behind locked doors?
 
b) She is being isolated. Sits alone in a room with shades drawn
c) She is denied to receive indigenous food brought by family members.-
d) She was known in the area as “Chickadee” but now is often denied visitors.
e) She is a free spirit who lived on the Prairies in a Tee Pee but now
is detained in a room that looks out to nowhere and has a sign on the wall which directs that shades must be drawn at all times.
f) She was denied to attend the Native Friendship Center Christmas party.
g) She was denied to attend the Kokums Retreat.
h) She is being denied all rights?
We allege elder abuse.
 
 
RELEVANT HISTORY.
Why is this Cree Elder locked up?
1) She is not a flight risk, she is walker dependent.
We allege that she is increasingly walker dependent partly because she gets little
exercise.
 
2) She is a free spirit who lived on the Prairies in a Tee Pee.
 
3) We visited with her. She voluntarily told us that she, lived out on the Prairies in a Tee Pee. Who, as a child ran away from a residential school to live with another family member.
4) She is now detained in two rooms at the back of a senior care
facility, with shades drawn, in rooms that look out to emptiness, to empty roads.
5) She is disallowed to receive indigenous food brought by family.
6) There is no phone
7) There is a sign that directs that shades must be drawn at all times.
8) We have been told that everyone used to call her “Chickadee” and she’s still commonly known in the area as “Chickadee” They gave her this nickname a long time ago because she really likes talking, being engaged and enjoying conversation with people so she was nick named Chickadee.
9) Chickadee is being silenced. She is being almost totally isolated.
10) This elder was subjected to cognitive testing? How ludicrous. What for? So that someone could take authority over her and deny her, her rights, cause her loneliness, isolation ultimately confusion.
11) In our visit with her, she did not demonstrate confusion. She presented as a gracious lady and lucid. Her eyes lit up when she recalled her past free life.
12) How much schooling would she have had?
Dr. Nicholaas Lerm subjected the Elder to a cognitive test.
13) Her first language was Cree and we have been told that even now when she interacts with other older persons they speak their language.
14) Was an interpreter present when she was subjected to cognitive testing so that she fully comprehended the questions?
15) Was there special hearing accommodation made available so she could hear the questioning? She is severely hearing impaired, has not been provided a hearing aid.
16) The Elder was disallowed to attend the Native Friendship Center Christmas party. There she would have had an opportunity to converse in her language with other elders and enjoy indigenous
foods that are familiar to her. We have been told that at the Sweet Grass facility it is seldom that indigenous foods are served, ti is a public facility.
17) The Elder was denied to attend the Kokums Retreat. It was an event put on by other Natives wanting to share their ways and culture
18) Are those who assumed authority over her, acting in her best interests?
19) We have been informed that Alice Mary Badgerow is the mother of 10 children whom she raised together with her husband. She also raised grandchildren
20) We were allowed to meet with her on November 17, 2022 under the close supervision of her son, Brian Dietz.
21) We met with her in the Great Room at the Sweet Grass Seniors facility.
22) She presented as a lovely lady. Without prompting told us that as a child she lived in a Tee Pee. She reflected that it was warm and pleasant.
23) She also told us that later while attending the Grouard Residential
School, that she and some other children ran away from the school. They then went to live with her uncle.
24) During our visit and conversation with the Elder, Brian Dietz, the son, tapped on the table with his fingernail(s). The sound was distracting in the comparative silence of the large room we were in.
25) It was also intimidating for the reason that we knew he could have us removed at any time.
26) It is known that without cause, he has summarily and aggressively removed family while visiting.
27) When he indicated that our meeting was over, he directed the
mother and her walker, towards her rooms. She strongly expressed, verbally and by body language that she did not wish to return there but rather to “go out”.
28) We allege that ti is wrong to actively condemn this woman to loneliness who throughout her life was always surrounded by people, a very large family, grandchildren. She was known as a
congenial person, a chickadee.
29) She is defenseless and voiceless
REMEDY SOUGHT
1) We are fully aware of the legislation that governs the authority which Marjorie and Brian Diet sought and were granted in regard to Alice Mary Badgerow.
 
We allege that in this matter, the present protocol that allows
older persons to be stripped of all rights constitutes Elder Abuse.

NO RESPONSE
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Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society (1992)
March 8, 2023
Email kslavelakedet@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
 
ATTENTION: THE RCMP DETACHMENT RCMP, Slave Lake. 1005 6th Ave SE Slave Lake AB TOG 2A3
 
REFERENCE: Alice Mary Badgerow – DOB 10/18/32 Detained at Sweet Grass Seniors Facility, Slave Lake, AB.
 
 
90 YEAR OLD CREE ELDER DETAINED BEHIND LOCKED DOORS AND SHADED WINDOWS.
 
We represent the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who speak in
defense of the frail dependent, voiceless elderly. That, just as it appears in this matter, are not heard, are disregarded, preyed upon and neglected.
 
 
Protection for Persons in CareAct, SA 2009, c P-29.1
(a) requires the reporting of abuse involving clients, (Itis an offense to fail to report)
(c) Exists to promote the prevention of abuse involving clients.
(2) In this Act. “abuse” means an act or an omission with respect to a client receiving care or support services from a service provider
that
(h) causes serious emotional harm.
 
 
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March 9, 2023
 
Elder Advocates of Alberta Society Box #76138
Edmonton Alberta T6H 5Y7
Email: elderadv@shaw.ca
 
Dear Ruth Adria
 
Thank you for contacting Protection for Persons in Care (PPC).
I have received and reviewed vour correspondence dated March 7, 2023, received on March 7, 2023.
 
You have indicated you want to file a complaint against Alice Mary Badgerow’s agents and attorneys.
 
As per the Protection for Persons in Care Act, section 1(3), Notwithstanding subsection (2), an act or omission does not constitute abuse (emphasis added)
(d) when the act or omission is based on a decision made on behalf of a client
(i. 1) by an agent under the Personal Directives Act
(ii) by an attorney under the Powers of Attorney Act
 
As such, Protection for Persons in Care will not be taking a formal complaint for investigation the client’s named agents and attorneys.
 
For concerns about decisions made by the agents, please contact:
 
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee of Alberta
Telephone: 1-877-427-4525
Information: https://www.alberta.ca/complaints-about-decision-makers.aspx
Email: opgt-agtapdrcomplaints@gov.ab.ca
 
For concerns about decisions made by the attorneys, it wil be necessary to seek legal advice for actions to be taken.
 
I hope this information will be helpful.
 
 
Kind Regards
 
 
Susan Chandler, MN, RN
Nurse Consultant/Complaints Officer
Protection for Persons in Care.
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March 9, 2023
 
 
ATTENTION: Ms. Susan Chandler MN, RN
Nurse Consultant Protection For Persons in Care
REFERENCE: Alice Mary Badgerow – DOB 10/18/32 Detainedat Sweet Grass Seniors Facility, Slave Lake, AB.
 
 
90 YEAR OLD CREE ELDER DETAINED BEHIND LOCKED DOORS AND SHADED WINDOWS.
Dear Ms. Chandler.
Further to your emailed correspondence of March 9, 2023.
 
 
In the face of the seven page letter which we provided to you which detailed the abuse being suffered by Alice Mary Badgerow, you deny to
investigate, citing the flawed legislation of The Protection For Persons In Care Act.
 
 
We find it deeply troubling that you as a professional registered nurse, accept the status quo in regard to the flawed legislation which you represent and allegedly administer. The legislation allows and oftentimes facilitates the abuse of the elderly.
 
 
Thank you.
 
Yours truly
 
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From: OPGT AGTA PDA Complaints
Date:March 14, 2566 BE at 9:19:09 AM MDT
 
Gina,
A personal directive when written, remains a basically dormant document until the maker is assessed as no longer having the capacity to make her own personal, non-financial decisions. Once she is assessed as no longer having the capacity ti name get own personal, non-financial decisions. Once she is assessed on the Schedule 2 or 3 as no longer having capacity, the personal directive becomes enacted, and it is at that time that the agent has authority to start making decisions. So basically, the agents do not have the authority to make decisions without a declaration of incapacity being completed. We understand that you feel your case is urgent. However, without the proper documents to show that there is a valid, enacted personal, the complaints team cannot proceed, If you are unable to provide them with the complaint, it limits our ability to screen this complaint. We can sometimes get them, but it is not unusual for us to be unsuccessful without the information we need to obtain the documents. If we were to ask the agent for the documents. If we were to ask the agents for the documents, they would become aware that there is a complaint and the possibility of an investigation. This is not generally in the best interests of the maker (your mom) if the agent discovers that they may be investigated. And even though we do not disclose who submitted the complaint, they can often figure that out. So you would have to decide if you are willing to have them believe that you are the one who made the complaint.
We believe that we have explained this situation to you as best we can. This office receives a high volume of complaints, and we respond the inquiries as quickly as we can. Appropriate documentation is the responsibility of the complainant to obtain to have your complaint processed in a timely manner.
 
Complaints Office
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Seniors, Comminuty and Social Services
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From: Gina Dietz
Subject: Sweetgrass Abuse Concerns -Fall Assist
Date: May 15, 2023 at 10:31 AM
To: Elder Society elderadv@shaw.ca
 
 
Hi Ruth
How are you? ijust thought I’d forward you some more pictures that I was able to take last night while visiting my grandma for Mother’s Day The poor woman is so so much worse than before Her latest fall she encountered only a few days ago has really taken it’s toll on her I’m not sure what is going on with her being properly cared for I find it is so sad Since this latest far it seemssince this latest all I seems she can’t talk as well as before I noticed alot mire struggles she is having w many things than before can’t she can’t really do anything Brian and Sweetgrass have completely
ruined this lady and I believe that it is possibly because they are not trained to properly lift a person that is in a wheelchair from her wheelchair into her bed I witness myself first hand last night the way they handled my grandmother they were causing her more injuries and harm The employee that was trying to assist her was trying to pull her up off of her bed by her arms just by her arms she was in pain and it hurt her and she was trying to tell him that he wouldn’t stop I had to try and help her to get up I held her back to support her back in the back of her neck and he was so rough with her I don’t even know if she’s alive this morning I swear to God I did get kicked out of the facility last night because of my concerns However I had to go back after seeing all of this and am glad I did return when I return back to grab my cell phone I was escorted to her room with an employee where I found my grandmother half laying on her bed half falling off the bed she was set up for a fall and I tried to bring this to the employees attention and was kicked out again and told that I’m was overreacting I took some pictures and you can let me know if you think that that’s a proper way to put someone into a bed that has recently fallen on their head and encountered already numerous injuries as result While getting my phone I witnessed my grandma kept behind 2 closed doors When I entered her bedroom I found her struggling to stay in the bed she almost falling off of her bed again I was able to quickly snap these few photos of the way she was positioned on her bed She was set up completely for a bother fall and like I said her bedroom door was closed as well as her main door fi her suite so had she fallen again who would’ve been able to help her or hear her calling for help ? I feel this is insane and has to stop Is there any agencies or anybody that you know of that I can contact regarding these concerns like my grandmother is in immediate harm & danger I don’t know what’s going on this facility why they take such a little care of these people but I am very worried about her you can see from the photos that she has clearly suffered as a result of her last fall Noticable and secere bruising on her neck she also got five stitches just a bit up from the bruising on the back of her head This poor woman I don’t know really the truth behind what really happened but Ido not feel that they are properly trained to lift a patient that requires this sort of medical assistance if you could please get back to me with what vou think that would be great
 
Thanks, Gina.

 
 
 

Hi Ruth
Yes I agree you have no clue what I saw w the staff trying to lift her fr her wheel chair to her bed the evening I of w had Day Tgey hurt her I know she was already badly injured from a bother supposed fall a couple days back I honestly think they are just saying she fell I believe they dropped her or somehow set her up to have a fall that bad Sue wasn’t the same on Mothers day Her injuries were severe I feel she may have hit the back of her head so hard that ti caused brain damage She had al kinds of gruusubg like they were little circles all up and down her arms I believe it’s from the staff pulling her from a laid down position in her bed to trying to sit her hottie I saw them doing this to get that night and was very concerned by the entire attempt to lift her The staff member tried to tell me she wads overweight that’s why he was having so much difficulty making the transfer fr her wheelchair to her b e dit was beyond horrible she was calling me and my aunt is in to help her Ge wouldn’t let us instead another employee kicked us both out of her room I realized I had girgey my phone and went back to retrieve it bour twenty minutes later Whewhen I return I was the score to buy a staff member back to her room grab my phone when I got to her room door the main door it was shut Ientered her suite and her bedroom door had also been shot when I entered her room I was beyond heartbroken to see my grandma Lane half off her bed half on her bed ready to f to see my grandma laying half off her bed half on her bed ready to fall again they had put a mattress beside her bed (I guess for a safeguard for any additional falls) that she was definitely going to encounter the way they just put her ni her bed She was already badly hurt You could tell She just had the 5stitches and excessive bruising from her fall I cannot Believe they chose to treat her so poorly and so badly in such a harmful way right in front of us I can imagine what happens to these poor people behind closed doors I asked the staff member what she was doing laying half of the bed half on the bed ready to fall again and in total discomfort and pain and she told me that I was overreacting and she was fine my grandma placed how she was It was not ok laid there calling for help for me and the staff member blocked my view of her The staff member tried to block my view it her in order to stop me fr trying to snap some photos of what I saw My poor grandma to have had to leave her laying like that in that room all alone with nobody helping her beyond killed me I was lucky to get a couple pictures of what I saw before being kicked out again and asked to leave the staff member continued arguing w me continue to harass me pretty much the whole way to the front doors telling me that no wonder Brian doesn’t like me and look at the way I was acting I was upset for very good reason my poor grandma I don’t know if she died that night I don’t know if she died the following morning I don’t know where she died even nobody will tell me anything so I agree Ruth we do definitely need autopsy done I’m not sure how to go about getting this done but one needs to be done is there anyway that you can help me to get this accomplished ? As far as I know they’re planning to bury her As far as I know they’re planning to bury her so far al I’ve heard is the funeral will be next Saturday or maybe the following Saturday after that I’m not sure what they meant I’m planning not even bother going to the funeral I’m not gonna go to a funeral help by her murderers no thanks I got better things to do on my grandma’s memory myself with my own little ceremony I want no part of anything to do with these people they are heartless and cruel

 
 



 
 
Yes that’s correct That’s how I found her the evening of Mother’s day after our visit wc was from approx 6-8 pm I returned for my phone (I had forgot on her dresser during our visit earlier) that evening on Mother’s Day evening She was very badly injured already you could clearly tell that the latest fall( the one wc required 5 stitches to the back of her head) had resulted in these severe injuries To me it almost seemed as if she had a slight brain injury due to that fall The staff member was very rough and careless w her trying to flop her onto her bed She was moaning and trying to ask us to help her It was the worst thing I ever saw Then to be kicked out after saying to him that he should be careful w her as she was already injured & in so much pain He went to try find another staff to assist him w the lift When he finally returned w another female staff member After expressing our concerns with the way he had lifted her She made us leave It was heartbreaking to leave her laying their all crooked and not positioned in a way that was comfortable for her She was in obvious pain it was just horrible
 
I returned home where I realized that I had set my phone down during the incident earlier I was let in by a female staff member who escorted me to her room I had to open 2 fully shut doors (to her apt then also her bedroom door had been closed completely) How would anyone I’ve ever heard her behioHow would anyone I’ve ever heard her behind two closed doors like that had she had another fall which she had had many falls prior to this one they should’ve known that I was beyond angry when I saw her left alone positioned uncomfortably and ready for another fall I couldn’t believe any of it I tried to talk to her bc she was crying and still in pain but again was forced to leave by the female staff member I wanted so badly to do something for her but couldn’t
 
For the rest of my time I will feel like it’s somewhat fault for not being aware of how terrible things had become or were all along for her She had so so many bruises all up and down her arms Jeannette and I had saw the excessive bruises only while we trying to put her nightgown on her prior to the male staff moving her carelessly fr her wheel chair to her bed
 
She had so so many bruises all uo and down her arms Jeannette and I had saw the excessive bruises only while we trying yo put her nightgown on her prior to the make staff moving her carelessly fr her wheel chair to her bed I believe that the circle or dot like bruising were from previous attempts w staff improperly lifting her by trying to switch her from a laying down position to a sitting upright position by pulling her up by only her arms I believe they bruises were from their fingers digging into her
 
I did email Justin the next morning and will
Include the emails I am devastated beyond belief by all of this and still Marjorie and Brian continue to make me feel even worse w their dumb rules and funeral planning I don’t think I’m gonna survive this My family is horrible I miss her so much but have to know at least she’s in peace now w my Grandpa At least she’s not confused and kicked up somewhere like Sweetgrass This never should have happened by due to the negligence and shitty decision making on Brian and Marjorie’s part it has People need to realize their role in this horrible outcome as well as how Sweetgrass continues to operate at such a low grade and harmful to the residents facility I do not believe they are reporting or documenting any falls that they should be Tathet I believe they just do t report fall incidents to keep their percentage rate for falls low to suck more of the elderly in to their facility Look at Joseph Auger the poor old man who passed away shortly after 2 falls at their facility This man’s arson had similarly noticed head injuries on his Father Joseph Auger and was never informed that his Dad ever had a fall Then the next fall ge dies slaying in a pool of his own blood and tribe on his way to the washroom one night while a resident at Sweetgrass This is nuts and something must be done before another unreported fall claims another life of a Sweetgrass
 
 
Here’s Justin’s email Also yes as far as I know she passed away the day following Mother’s Day I was told fr her heart giving out I think it was from everything taking its toll on her so sad this situation
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Yes that’s correct That’s how I found her the evening of Mother’s day after our visit wc was from approx 6-8pm I returned for my phone (I had forgot on her dresser during our visit earlier) that evening on Mother’s Day evening She was very badly injured already you could clearly tell that the latest fall the one wc required 5 stitches to the back of her head) had resulted in these severe injuries To me it almost seemed as if she had a slight brain injury due to that fall The staff member was very rough and careless w her trying to
flop her on to her bed She was moaning and trying to ask us to help her
It was the worst thing I ever saw Then to be kicked out after saying to him that he should be careful w her as she was already injured & in so much pain He went to try find another staff to assist him w the lift When he
finally returned w another female staff member After expressing our concerns with the way he had lifted her She made us leave It was heartbreaking to leave her laying their all crooked and not positioned in a way that was comfortable for her She was in obvious pain it was just horrible
 
I returned home where I realized that I had set my phone down during the incident earlier I was let in by a female staff member who escorted me to her room I had to open 2 fully shut doors (to her apt then also her bedroom door had been closed completely) How would anyone I’ve ever heard her behioHow would anyone I’ve ever heard her behind two closed doors like that had she had another fall which she had had many falls prior to this one they should’ve known that I was beyond angry when I saw her left alone positioned uncomfortably and ready for another fall I couldn’t believe any of it I tried to talk to her bc she was crying and still in pain but again was forced to leave by the female staff member I wanted so badly to do something for her but couldn’t
 
For the rest of my time Iwill feel like it’s somewhat fault for not being aware of how terrible things had become or were all along for her
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March 15, 2023
 
 
Re: BADGEROW, Alice
Complaint under the Personal Directives Act (PDA)
 
This letter is to acknowledge that the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) received your complaint on March 7, 2023, under the PDA concerning Marjorie and Brian Dietz, named as agents for Alice Badgerow.
 
Section 24.2(1) of the PDA states that any interested person may make a complaint to the Public Guardian if the interested person has reason to believe that:
 
a) an agent of the maker is failing to comply with the personal directive or the duties of an agent, and
 
b) the failure is likely to cause harm to the physical or mental health of the maker.
 
Section 24.3(1) of the PDA states that a complaint must be reviewed to decide
whether an investigation of the complaint is necessary and the complainant must be notified of the decision.
 
Please be advised that your complaint is not being referred to the OPGT for investigation for the following reasons:
• Our office requires a copy ofMs. Badgerow’s personal directive and enactment documents in order to proceed with screening your complaint, neither of which were included with your complaint.

Under the PDA, a complaint must be signed by the complainant. The complaint you submitted does not contain your signature.
• You have not provided sufficient reason to believe that Mariorie and Brian Dietz are failing to comply with the duties of an agent, and that their failure is likely to cause harm to the physical or mental health of Ms. Badgerow.
Should you have additional information that provides evidence that the agents are failing in their duties, and that this failure is causing Ms. Badgerow harm, please email a signed and dated complaint form, along with copies of Ms. Badgerow’s persona directive and enactment documents, to our office at the following address: opt-agtapdacomplaints@gov.ab.ca.
 
Thank you for notifying our office of your concerns.
 
Sincerely,
AGTA and PDA Complaints Officer Team Complaints Office
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee Seniors, Community and Social Services
 
May 17, 2023
 
 
Email letter -slavelakevictimservices.com
 
Slave Lake Victim Services,
Slave Lake, Alberta
TOG 2A3
 
 
Dear Sirs:
We represent the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who speak in defense of the frail dependent, voiceless elderly.
 
 
REFERENCE-Alice Mary Badgerow – DOB 10/18/32
Deceased May 15, 2023 Funeral Arrangements by Chapel of Memories, Slave Lake, AB.
Had been detained at Sweet Grass Seniors Facility, Slave Lake, AB.
 
 
 
REMEDY SOUGHT
We are asking for an autopsy by the Public Examiner’s Office of the deceased Alice Mary Badgerow.
 
COMPLAINT
The elder was rough handled by staff at the care facility who appeared to be untrained.
 
We are questioning her injuries, especially the neck injuries.
 
She has bruises on her arms
 
Mrs. Badgerow did not know how to use the call bell.
 
We have previously made complaints that in fact this elder was being isolated and detained in a locked unit, with drawn blinds, when in fact she was not a flight risk.
 
When we met with her, she had told us that she had grown up in a teepee and her family told us that she was known as ‘chickadee”, because she loved people and loved to visit and talk.
 
We do not believe that the son, Brian will grant affirmation for an autopsy.
 
We are forwarding you photographs in this regard. The information was
forwarded by her only daughter Jeannette (780 849 4414) and her niece, Gina Dietz.
 
 
Thank you.
Respectfully submitted, Yours truly.
 
 
May 18, 2023
Facsimile letter 780 4 2 2 1265
Chief Medical Examiner
7007 116 Street, Edmonton, AB.
 
 
Dear Sirs:
We represent the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society who speak in defense of the frail dependent, voiceless elderly.
 
 
REFERENCE – Alice Mary Badgerow – DOB 10/18/32
Deceased May 15, 2023 Funeral Arrangements by Chapel of Memories, Slave Lake, AB.
Had been detained at Sweet Grass Seniors Facility, Slave Lake, AB.
 
REMEDY SOUGHT
We are asking for an autopsy by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office of the deceased Alice Mary Badgerow.
 
COMPLAINT
We allege that the elder was rough handled by staff at the care facility who appeared to be lacking training.
 
We are questioning Alice Mary Badgerow’s injuries, especially the neck injury.
She has extensive bruises on her arms
 
This elder was detained in a unit with both the bedroom door closed and the outer door closed despite being known to be suffering from falls.
 
On one occasion, family members were told by staff that that Mrs. Badgerow’s door was locked and the key was with a “nurse upstairs.”
 
Mrs. Badgerow did not know how to use the call bell.
 
We have previously made complaints to authorities, including the local RCMP that in fact this elder was being isolated and detained in a locked unit, with drawn blinds. She was not a flight risk.
 
When we met with her some time ago, she told us that she had grown up in a teepee and her family told us that she was known as ‘chickadee”
because she was gregarious, loved people and loved ot visit and talk. Yet she was detained alone in a back room which looked out to nowhere.
 
We do not believe that the son, Brian Dietz wil grant affirmation for an autopsy.
We are forwarding you photographs ni this regard. The information was forwarded by her niece, Gina Dietz. (78- 516 81101) and we spoke with daughter Jeannette (780 849 4414).
 
 
Thank you.
Respectfully submitted,
Yours truly
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Dr. Thambirajah Balachandra
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 7007 116 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5R8
 
Re: Sweetgrass Death due to Abuse and Neglect
 
Dear Dr. Thambirajah Balachandran,
 
My name is Gina Dietz. I am writing this letter to share about incidents of human rights violations at Sweetgrass Old Folks Home that led to the death of my grandmother, Alice Badgerow. I reached out to John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights about the abuse and neglect my grandmother, Alice Badgerow, was experiencing at an old folk’s home in Slave Lake called Sweetgrass. They supported me in writing this letter to you to request an OCME investigation of my grandmother’s death.
 
My grandmother, Alice Badgerow, had dementia and been placed at Sweetgrass Old Folks Home against her will in June 2022. I witnessed some dehumanizing treatment of my grandmother at the hands ofthe staff at Sweetgrass and I immediately reported my observations of my grandmother being starved, neglected, and physically and emotionally abused by the staff. I saw
my grandmother lose substantial weight and she would tell me that she hadn’t eaten in 2-3 d a s and that she was very hungry.
 
My grandmother passed away on May 16, 2023. In the days leading up to her death, she suffered
many injuries. The last time I saw her alive was Mother’s Day, May 14, I witnessed a staff
roughly handle my grandmother even though she was recovering from a fall injury and had5 stitches on the back ofher head. I also observed and reported to Sweetgrass that my grandmother’s neck and arms were covered in bruises which I believe were because of the staffs’ improper and careless transitioning of my grandmother from her bed to her wheelchair, or while assisting her in the washroom. On May 14, I witnessed my grandmother get pulled from her bed to the upright position carelessly and the staff ignored my grandmother’s calls for help. My grandmother was crying because she was hurting from her stitches and injuries. When my aunt and I tried to communicate to the staffmember that he was hurting her, he ignored us and just kept trying to make her sit up and did not try to intervene or care for my grandmother’s cries for help. Because my Aunt and I were advocating for her and were trying to amplify the cries of help from my grandmother, the staff asked us to leave. As I was leaving the facility, I realized I had left my phone in my grandmother’s room and so I went to retrieve it. I witnessed that my grandmother was still crying in pain and that her fall prevention gears were unsafely and improperly attached to her. She was also left isolated behind 2 closed doors with no supervision. I noted that the way my grandmother was positioned would have led to another fall. When I inquired about what I had seen, I was asked to leave by the staff. The staff argued with me as I was leaving saying that I was overreacting to the situation. On May 16th, I received a call that my grandmother had passed away.
 
I strongly believe that Sweetgrass is responsible for my grandmother’s death. Sweetgrass acted in ways that were abusive, neglectful and careless to someone who needed care. The last moments of my grandmother were dehumanizing and violated her rights to dignity and care.
 
Sweetgrass violated their duty to care and accommodate the people they are caring for. They violated a person in care’s right to dignity as well as safety and security. The abusive attitudes and behaviors of the staffcaused severe bodily harm to my grandmother. Calls to action and
accommodation by me and my aunt were dismissed and ridiculed. The way my grandmother was treated and the way the staff interact with their mostly Indigenous seniors also violates the accountability and respect that Truth and Reconciliation strives for. I understand and am aware that there have been others that have raised concerns about the care at Sweetgrass as well.
 
My family and I are left feeling helpless and hopeless that despite all our efforts, my
grandmother was subjected ot treatments that violated her rights, dignity and wellbeing by a place that is meant to uphold all ofthese values. I am concerned about the living conditions and
treatment of al seniors living in Sweetgrass. I would like an OCME investigation of my grandmother’s death. I would like changes to be made to properly accommodate and care for the
seniors residing in Sweetgrass. I want my grandmother’s death, the way the staff work, as well as internal complaint mechanisms audited and investigated.
 
 
In peace,
Gina Dietz
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Dear Ms. Gina Dietz,
 
Thank you for your e-mail of April 13, 2023.
 
The OPGT Complaints Office e-mail is to receive complaints regarding the actions of an Agent named in a Personal Directive or the actions of a Court Ordered Private Guardian and/or Trustee.
The Complaints Office is unable to provide you with legal advice or direction regarding your specific circumstances.
 
If you wish to obtain further information and advice, you may considerconsulting a lawyer for legal advice. fI you do not have your own lawyer, you may wish to contact The Law Society of Alberta’s Lawyer Referral Service. You can visit their website at: https://www.lawsocietyab.ca/public/lawyer_referral.aspx
 
Sincerely,
 
ComplaintsOffice
Office of the Public Guardian
Seniors, Community dna Saloci
Strategic Services
Fax: 7 8 0 – 4 2 2 – 6 0 5 1
Email: OPGT-AGTAPDAComplaints@gov.ab.ca
 
 
Hello,
I am emailing in hopes of obtaining some info regarding Personal Directive I am wondering ifa Personal Directive in Alberta can block certain individuals (family or friends) from
seeing or speaking to the person for which they are acting on behalf of?
 
If this is allowed, are there any requirements that must be considered met when doing so ? For example Ifa Personal Directive has blocked certain family or friends does a valid
reason have to be provided for taking such action in blocking them? Does the individual(s) being blocked have to pose some type of possible harm to the Maker?
 
Secondly does the Personal Directive have to provide the individual(s) with a valid reason for blocking them ? If so, does the reason have to be in writing or can it be just verbal notice to block the individual(s)?
 
Can a Personal Directive just block individuals) based on their own personal dislike for these certain individual(s)? If the decision to block certain individual(s) is causing harm to the Maker can anything be done to reverse the decision?
 
Lastly, was wondering how a Personal Directive can be revoked ? Is there a process in doing so? Can a Maker simply request revocation by stating this ni writing and signing and dating
the document? Also why is it not a legal requirement for a Personal Directive to be registered wyour office upon it coming into effect? How does this really make any sense?
 
If someone could please get back to me regarding my questions that would be great
 
Thank you,
 
Gina Dietz
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The second fall took place on Wednesday May 10/23
 
When Jeannette and I arrived on Thursday May 11/23 for our visit we were told by the Receptionist that she was resting and could not visit with us The receptionist explained that my Grandma had been taken to the hospital the night before due to another fall and had just been bought brought back that morning before noon After returning from the Hospital my Grandma was said to be resting in her room with no visitors allowed
 
This was the incident or fall that resulted in the back of her head injuries the stitches and all the bruising down her neck