Thursday, February 12, 2015

John Walters, Thanksgiving in Abiding Care

John Walters Thanksgiving in Abiding Care 2013

On John Walters:
John Walters is under conservatorship with the Santa Barbara Public Guardian. Last year in 2014 he was living in a terrible board and care home named Abiding Care where he spent all day alone in bed in his room. The food was of inferior nutrition. He couldn't hear well, and wasn't given a hearing aid.

John had a care manager named Toni Liquornik. She infantilized him, and would engage in character assassination of his son, Adam, who was trying to get him out of a bad situation. After I visited John she told the court investigator wild stories about me (printed in the investigator's report) and went so far to say I was bringing in matches to burn off his warts. She then went on to say he didn't have any warts. Despite the widespread media attention and growing awareness of the dangers of pharmaceutical and antipsychotic drugs, she seems to be a fan of these drugs and I heard her praise Seroquel, the drug John was under.

I looked her up on the internet, and called her former employer, Senior Alternatives (888-451-4290) I told a sympathetic representative the situation, and was told the company couldn't tell me why she was terminated, but to "read between the lines" to find out. I contacted the Public Guardian's office and it was claimed she didn't work for the Guardian. I contacted other local government agencies, and no-one had information on her. Finally, a representative of the Public Administrator, Kim, left a message on my answering machine that Toni worked for John. This didn't make a lot of sense because John's under conservatorship, and doesn't have power to hire anyone. Finally, under pressure, the head of the Public Guardian's office, Arlene Diaz, admitted to me that its office was responsible for Toni's position and paid her with John's money.

After Adam and I made quite a stink about this, spoke at the Board of Supervisors, and I got an article published in the Santa Barbara News Press on the Public Guardian, John was eventually moved to another facility named Mission Villa. Owner Dana Newquist takes pride that he serves an all organic diet, and had written an article in the Montecito Journal about health improvements of his residents.

It took more time than it should have for the Public Guardian to get John out of Abiding Care, and into a better facility. The owner of Abiding Care, Dave Sullens, also owns Peppers in Montecito, where Harry Olson suffered a terrible fate--he was drugged up with antipsychotics, and allowed to fall repeatedly--eventually he died. Was this allowed to happen because he was running out of money (see attached article)?

Despite being in a better place, John is apparently so drugged up that you can't have a conversation with him. Call his son Adam at (805) 319-5667 to find out more.

Please call Harry Hagen, the Santa Barbara Public Guardian, at (805) 568-2920(or email him at and ask him to allow John Walters to have a hearing aid. Also ask him to have his office stop targeting and being mean to family members. Ask his office to lay off the antipsychotic drugs, to try natural alternatives, and to choose better doctors. Adam had taken his father to see a holistic doctor named Dr. Saunders, M.D., and Dr. Saunders said the drugs John was under were very harmful, that there were alternatives. As a result of Adam seeking a second opinion for his dad, Adam was targeted, and not allowed to take him out anymore. Please ask the Public Guardian to respect family members, and honor their choice for a second opinion. If you live in Santa Barbara County, tell Harry Hagan, an elected official (also public administrator and tax collector), that you won't vote for him unless John Walters and other elders get better treatment.

Thank you for your help,
~Bryan Rosen


Betty said...

Thank you, Bryan, for helping this family. Clearly John Walters has been drugged heavily. So sad.

NASGA Member said...

Very good interview. Very sad case. The son looks so very forelorn.

Anonymous said...

Another case and another family torn apart.

Thank you for posting these stories, NASGA. People have to see it for themselves to believe it.

Tina said...

You have a good and caring son, Mr. Walters.