When Amanda turned 41 in September 2011, we had a big party for her at the local hair salon. Entertainment was provided in the form of an accordion player. (!) Guests included the proprietor Betty, her now-husband Jim, Mom and Dad and me, a few dogs, and various clients.We had pizza and coffee, and of course, cake!
People came in and out all afternoon. A lot of them didn’t know it was Amanda’s birthday, but everyone knew Amanda.
That’s life on Drummond Island!
Afterwards Amanda and I went to the Soo for a movie, and yes, more pizza and cake.
Like everyone else, Amanda has a whole life history that is unique and all her own.
Our mom and dad are gone now.
Amanda has Down syndrome and is currently being held by her guardian, who is not allowing us to have contact. On March 27 it will be 8 months since I have spoken with my sister. I am doing a portrait of her every day until I hear from Amanda.
“I’m the guardian and you’re not.” That’s the reason her guardian gave when he refused Amanda’s request to visit me in summer 2016.
A few warning signals of guardianship abuse:
1. The guardian and/or conservator treats you as an outsider instead of a relative, friend, or loved one.
2. The guardian/conservator sees to it that your loved one doesn’t have a phone.
3. When you visit, the guardian “hovers” or even employs someone to hover so you’re not alone with your loved one.
4. You are denied input about your loved one’s care – the doctor won’t talk to you – you are shut out.
5. The guardian/conservator refuses to take your call or answer your questions.
6. Your loved one doesn’t get his/her mail.
7. If your loved one is in a nursing home, you’re only allowed to visit in the dining room or recreation room.
8. You start seeing questionable documents and realize financial accounts are closed or changed and the statements have been diverted to the guardian/conservator.
9. You discover the taxes haven’t been paid — or even filed.
10. The nursing facility tells you when you visit, you “upset” your family member or upset the staff.
11. Items are missing from your loved one’s home.
12. Your loved one appears to be more sluggish, perhaps even dazed.
The days of guardians running the show are coming to an end. There is help available. Click the link below: