Norma Carpenter, a nurse and school board member, visited her 82-year-old mother regularly at a personal care home in Indiana County. The two would walk hand in hand through the home, stopping to hug each other.
Then, in October 2012, Norma was banned from visiting or calling her mother, Mary Little, who has dementia. Her visits, she was told, left her mother sad and depressed.
In December, Norma discovered that her mother had been moved nearly 100 miles away to a Fayette County nursing home.
All of these decisions were made by a court-appointed guardian.