When the state abruptly shut down a nursing home, more than a dozen patients who were bedridden or wheelchair bound, were left to fend for themselves. According to the Huffington Post on Oct. 28, most of the California nursing home’s staff abandoned the patients because they were not promised to be paid.
The Valley Springs Manor assistant living home in Castro Valley was shut down due to “various violations." The majority of the staff left with 14 patients still at the nursing home. Three good Samaritans, none with a medical license, stayed behind to tend to the people.
A cook, a caretaker and a janitor wouldn’t walk away from the patients. Sheriff’s deputies got a call on Saturday and they went to the nursing home to rescue these folks.
"I can tell you that the department has been engaged with this facility for quite a while and there is a history of concerns," Department of Social Services spokesperson Michael Weston said.
According to The Blaze today, patient's families had no idea that the facility closed down until the authorities contacted them. At the time one woman spoke with the media, she had no idea where her mother-in-law was taken and the family was appalled at the situation .
Many of the allegations that led to the nursing home shutdown were issues such as failing to conduct criminal backgrounds on staff and not properly training staff to work with the patients. The list goes on with lack of cleanliness and maintenance problems.
The 14 residents were moved to other area facilities.