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November 19, 2013 > Wieckowski awarded service award

Wieckowski awarded service award

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has received a Distinguished Service Award from the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in recognition of his Òexceptional leadership and advocacy for care facility residents.Ó

Wieckowski authored AB 937, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, to protect seniors from isolation imposed by conservators who were overstepping their limits and, without court approval, were denying seniors from having visitors. The bill clarifies that conservatees have the right to receive personal mail, visitors, and telephone calls unless a court has ordered otherwise.

ÒI am honored to receive this award from these senior advocates,Ó Wieckowski said. ÒWe can measure our society by how well we treat people who are no longer able to manage their own affairs. These people should be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve and not isolated from their loved ones. I am proud to partner with the Ombudsman on this important issue. AB 937 is a victory for conservatees and for all those who care about them.Ó

Wieckowski introduced the legislation after hearing about overzealous conservators who were unilaterally deciding to isolate seniors from specific individuals without first getting court orders.

Assemblymember Wieckowski represents the 25th District, which includes Fremont, Newark, San Jose, Milpitas, and Santa Clara.

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