Retirement Community Segregates Residents with Disabilities in Dining Room

The Virginia Pilot reports that last May, the continuing care retirement community, Harbor’s Edge instituted a policy that prohibited residents in the assisted-living and nursing-care sections from dining in River Terrace or any other dining facilities in the independent wing. Rather, they needed to eat in the dining hall of their own section.

Community resident, William Hodges, a former state legislator and senior judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia required a mobility device and lives in assisted living so it put an end to his meals with his wife who lives in the independent living section of the community.

Last year, a group of Harbor’s Edge residents and their adult children set about trying to reverse the policy. They thought management was trying to segregate sicker people to make the community more marketable or because some of the healthier residents didn’t want to dine with them, assertions management has denied.

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