Linda Kincaid

Elder Advocate, California

Part I: READ HERE

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Part II –

Public Guardian imprisons & isolates Gisela Riordan

Linda Kincaid

In 2010, Santa Clara County Public Guardian Donald Moody petitioned for conservatorship of Gisela Riordan.  Based on false allegations by Court Reporter Herlinda Acevedo, Judge Thomas Cain approved the petition.  With the stroke of a pen, Moody had complete control over Gisela’s life.

Moody immediately seized Gisela’s bank accounts.  He evicted her son and sold their home the following year.   Gisela languishes in isolation.  For two and a half years, Moody has denied Gisela’s right to visitation, phone calls, and mail.  Consistent with his wholesale violation of civil rights, Moody denied Gisela’s right to vote in 2012.

Moody imprisoned and isolated Gisela at Villa Fontana, a secured residential care facility that will violate the law in exchange for payment.  Villa Fontana blatantly violates personal rights of residents.  They refuse to discuss those violations with elder advocates.

April 27 – 30, 2012:  Jennifer Lan & Violation of Resident’s Personal Rights

This reporter temporarily established contact with Gisela by arriving at Villa Fontana on a Friday evening, shortly after a visit by Deputy Public Guardian Rebecca Pisano-Torres.  The Villa Fontana night staff assumed I was with the Public Guardian’s office, and they allowed me to enter.

When I first approached Gisela, she was bewildered that anyone would come to see her.  She was horribly lonely and sobbed for over an hour, clutching my arm and begging me not to forget her.  She demanded I promise that I would visit her again.  Sadly, the Public Guardian has prevented my keeping that promise.

On Monday, Villa Fontana staff recognized me as an elder advocate.  Employee Jennifer Lan, accompanied by four male staffers, entered Gisela’s room and ordered me to leave.  I guided Lan to a poster of the residents’ rights  located in the facility lobby.  More