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Alameda County sheriff's deputies removed more than a dozen patients from an assisted living facility in Castro Valley today after it was determined that they had been "abandoned" there by the owners and staff, a department spokesman said this evening.
The Sheriff's Office was called this afternoon to the facility on Apricot Street, which appears to be listed variously as Valley Springs Manor, Valley Manor Community Care Home or Valley Manor Residential Care, after a medical call, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said
...when the staff apparently walked out Thursday after the state ordered the home closed, Alameda County sheriff's deputies said.
"Thursday came around and the majority of the staff left and the majority of the patients remained," said sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson.
The staff members who stayed, including a cook, a janitor and what is believed to be a single caretaker, "stayed because they felt bad for the patients," Nelson said. "They weren't getting paid or anything."
"Right now we have a lot more questions than answers," Nelson said. "There's a question of what happens when the state closes a home, whether they send anyone in afterward to see what happened."
The incident is being treated as a criminal case and the investigation is continuing.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
What is this nation coming to when people can seemingly be abandoned as easily as junk in an overdue storage locker?
Is it the responciblity of the residence to find other arangements?
Responding paramedics became concerned after they found that most of the staff had left and only a skeleton crew remained, Nelson said.