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 COMMENT 365750 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 10:49 AM

Bush passing by?


 COMMENT 365752 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 10:51 AM

Roger I found an old office chair behind my BF's work that you could have (it looks comfy), unless the good old boys of marborg took it already. I can drop it off to you this afternoon when I pick him up. How do I contact you directly so I don't have to put my phone # up for all of Edhat to see?


 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 10:57 AM

Please e-mail the editor they have my phone number..If not we could decide on a time I could be standing out front..Thank You.


 COMMENT 365764P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 11:06 AM

Didja get the chair, Roger?

If so, how about a report as you determine the source of the noxious odor by the Bacarra?


 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 11:50 AM

While I've heard of the odor I don't know what it is nor have heard more..I need a truck with testing supplies I prefer an automatic, with a cd player and a portable woodchipper on back for people who annoy me..When I get that I go out and find out what the odor is...


 COMMENT 365807P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 01:01 PM

Roger, regarding your comments about nursing home complaints, we had a Long Term Care Ombudsman Program in Santa Barbara from the early 80's through the 2010-2011 county fiscal year, when it was funded with $11,852 by the county. Funding for the SB County Long Term Care Ombudsman program was discontinued the following year when the program's director missed a meeting to see a contact/friend in a local nursing home who had attempted suicide that day and wasn't available by phone. This is a program mandated by US and CA law to protect long-term care residents. The current program is operated out of SLO,, the Central Coast Commission on Senior Citizens, who has recently hired a director for SB's LTC Ombudsman program. The local resident and whistleblower arrested while trying to visit his friend at the Via Lucero facility was really the ideal community person to protect residents according to the law. He was arrested by SBPD for trespassing, although residents of nursing homes have the right to have visitors as long as the visitors don't interfere with their care or the facility's operation - they're not inmates, and the facility is supposed to operate as a home as much as possible. SBPD was ignorant of the law, and DA Dudley's office was ignorant of the law and filed trespassing charges against him. http://canhr.org/factsheets/nh_fs/html/fs_outline_resrights.h
tm The new operator of the facility told Finucane he wouldn't be allowed to visit his friend in private, and other people he wanted to visit would need written permission from a family member for him to visit. The law specifically prevents this kind of isolation; it endangers residents by allowing abuse to be hidden, and inhumanely deprives residents of social contact. These actions by SBPD and the DA's office were inexcusable, and the failure of Central Coast Commission on Senior Citizens to intervene demonstrated that residents had not only no protection, but a local government that increased their chances of abuse. People in long-term care aren't necessarily seniors, so the non-profit's name is misleading.
Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens has scheduled "listening sessions" around the county for input on its draft 4-year plan. Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 22, there's one at 10am at Goleta Senior Center, 5679 Hollister.
The agency is also supposed to provide physically and mentally and developmentally disabled people with legal protection from physical and emotional and financial abuse according to US and CA law, but only serves the developmentally disabled, whose parents form a strong lobby. The sessions are advertised only to seniors, so there probably isn't any input from disabled people on their need for services.


 COMMENT 365752 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 01:45 PM

Okay roger I got your number, I'll call you around 4 for directions/ coordination for dropping off your chair! :)


 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 05:07 PM

Thanks Emy!


 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 05:08 PM

So there is no Onbudsman in SB Co. Anymore?


 COMMENT 365807P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 07:09 PM

Roger: A new director was hired in SLO and was looking for people to train as volunteer ombudsmen a few months ago - don't know if there are any ombudsmen visiting facilities in SB now, but there may be new ones.


 COMMENT 365807P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-21 07:27 PM

Roger, my last comment probably wasn't clear. SB County doesn't have its own LTC Ombudsman program because the county doesn't contribute any funding. California doesn't provide any funding anymore, only the feds. I haven't found any county in CA besides SB that doesn't match federal funding.


 COMMENT 365752 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 09:24 AM

You're very welcome, Roger!


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