Report: Assisted Care Owner Had Prior Problems

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California officials failed to check if there were prior problems with the owner of a Castro Valley care home where more than a dozen residents were allegedly left behind in October.

The Contra Costa Times reports Monday that if state officials had looked at Herminigilda "Hilda" Manuel more closely they would have found she had more than $800,000 in penalties levied by a federal health watchdog for alleged negligent care. Manuel lost four nursing homes, the last coming in December 2001.

The newspaper says records indicate California's social services agency, which monitors assisted living homes, did not cross-reference records by the state's public health care agency that oversaw Manuel's previous nursing homes.

State regulators revoked the license of Manuel's Castro Valley assisted-care center after more than a dozen people were virtually abandoned there.

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