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California Assisted Living Center Abandoned Patients

As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are growing increasingly concerned about the care provided by California assisted living centers and other facilities tasked with providing care to the most vulnerable members of our society. Most recently, law enforcement is investigating why more than one dozen elderly patients were abandoned at a California assisted living center.

The California Department of Social Services ordered the Castro Valley facility to temporarily shut its doors on October 24, 2013. Yet two days later, 14 patients remained with very few staff members to care for them.

As reported by NBC Bay Area, paramedics became concerned after responding to a medical call at Valley Springs Manor. They noticed that only one caretaker, a cook, and a janitor remained at the facility to care for the patients. The facility also had a sign of the front door that said, “NOTICE: CLOSED FOR BUSINESS.”

Sheriff’s deputies ultimately determined that the elderly patients had been “abandoned” there by the owners and staff. Family members were shocked to learn how their loved ones had been treated. “It’s brutal and horrific to know,” said one woman. “It’s not even just her. There were over a dozen people that were left behind that couldn’t fend for themselves.”

Law enforcement is currently investigating the whereabouts of the facility’s owners, who could face charges of elder abuse.