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Advocates Deplore Eviction of Dying Couple

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 14, 2011
CONTACT: Steve Hopcraft, 916/457-5546; [email protected]

PORTLAND, OR – Compassion & Choices, the nation’s largest nonprofit
organization advocating for end-of-life care and choices, today condemned
the decision by the Village at Alameda, an assisted living facility, to evict
Dorothy Rudolph, 90, and Armond Rudolph, 92. On Sunday, the couple,
according to news reports, stopped eating and drinking in order to achieve a
peaceful death. Upon learning of their choice, the Village at Alameda called
police and served the couple with a notice terminating their lease.

“Americans expect the freedom to make choices about the most intimate
matters in the privacy of their own homes,” said Barbara Coombs Lee,
president of Compassion & Choices. “Our elderly should not expect less
because their home is in an assisted care facility. Nothing could be more
intimate than the decision about how to make the journey as death nears.
Landlords should not have oversight and veto authority over legal medical
choices. One’s home is private.”

Compassion & Choices advocates choice and better care at the end of life.
Anyone facing a terminal illness can reach their end-of-life counselors at 1-
800-247-7421 to obtain nonjudgmental information about end-of-life care
and options.

Information is also available at www.compassionandchoices.org/g2g.