60-year-old Jean Wilder – held by health authorities in care facility
UPDATE: May 14, 2012 Readers outraged by the Jean Wilder case sent in other similar stories, see: Public Guardian cited for fraud, abuse of seniors
A 60-year-old wife and mother of two in British Columbia, Canada is being held against her and her family’s will. She was transferred to a residential care facility in February 2012 to recuperate from surgical complications because the health authority said there were no other places or services available. Jean Yukiko Wilder has been denied access to her family and to a lawyer, and has had her real estate assets placed under government control.
Incredibly, all of this is being done without due process, without formal notification to Jean Wilder or her family and, above all, with no explanation or justification. Her family, husband Curtis Wilder, daughter Trina Wilder and her partner Marc Normand, and son Tim Wilder, are reeling from their bewildering and frightening experience, and have tried everything they can to correct the situation.
The rapid escalation of unimaginable events drove the family to register complaints with authorities, to understand the bizarre actions of staff and officials and resolve the situation. Their panic and desperation is evident in their complaints to officials (which can be read below).
Authorities have imposed severe restrictions on Jean Wilder’s rights and freedoms, and on her family, and are not providing any information about what they have done and or the reasons for their actions.
UPDATE: May 3, 2012 Other cases emerge of seniors held “against their will”
Parksville, BC resident Marie Narraway reports that a friend who was diagnosed with “mild dementia” was “taken to Eagle Park (care facility) against her will.” Oceanside Star – April 5, 2012
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Residential care facility and Interior Health Authority deny family & lawyer access to 60-year-old woman
April 25, 2012 – Invermere, BC
Jean Wilder, a 60-year-old wife and mother recently transferred to an Invermere residential care facility following surgery, is being denied the right by the Interior Health Authority to have visits by family and friends. Her family insists she is being kept in the care facility without due process, and against her will.
The care facility, Columbia House, and Interior Health Authority (IHA) are refusing to recognize legal authority held by the family, refusing to provide information, and refusing to permit Mrs. Wilder to have access to a lawyer. The facility did not obtain the consent of Mrs. Wilder or any legal representative to be admitted to Columbia House.
“She’s being held against her will, and against our wishes” say her family, husband Curtis Wilder, daughter Trina Wilder and her partner Marc Normand, and son Tim Wilder. “She wants out, so we intend on fulfilling her wishes,” Normand said.
Family members say they were told by the IHA that Mrs. Wilder had to go into the care facility following post-operative complications because there were no other places or services for her. The situation deteriorated a few weeks after Jean was admitted to Columbia House when the care facility demanded pre-authorized payment of fees but refused to provide information about fees charged. Marc Normand, the family member who holds Jean Wilder’s Power of Attorney (POA), refused to sign the contract without first receiving that information.
“Trying to get a list of all possible charges Jean could face was the start of all our trouble. I couldn’t understand why it is a big deal,” says Normand. (more…)