State Staff Visited Chaotic, Now-Closed Care Center

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California social services staff visited a shuttered chaotic assisted care facility where more than a dozen patients were left practically abandoned for days, but apparently did nothing.

Department of Social Services spokesman Michael Weston told the San Francisco Chronicle he didn't know how many state staff went to the Valley Springs Manor on Oct. 24 and 25, but he couldn't say if they were aware residents were only being cared for only by a cook and a janitor with no proper health care training.

Unsanitary conditions and 911 calls mounted until a fire captain realized last weekend there had been no professional caregivers since state officials ordered the facility to close last week.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is probing possible elder abuse charges at the facility and met Thursday with investigators from the FBI and state Department of Justice.

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