14 Patients Left as Nursing Home Closes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Alameda County sheriff's detectives are conducting a criminal investigation into a nursing home that closed Thursday and left behind 14 sick and elderly patients.

Paramedics called to the Valley Manor Residential Care center in Castro Valley found a notice on the door from the state Department of Social Services ordering the site to be closed. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that paramedics also found bedridden patients attended by a handful of staff members who stayed to help them, despite not being paid.

Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the staff members who stayed included a cook, janitor and a single caretaker who felt badly for the patients.

Nelson said investigators are trying to determine whether the state follows up after closing a facility.

The patients were transported to other homes.

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