A janitor has described how for two days, he took care of more than 19 senior citizens who were abandoned after a Castro Valley care home was forced to close amid safety and health violations last week. Miguel Alvarez, 33, stayed at Valley Springs Manor 24 hours a day when other staff members walked off the job after the operator´s license was suspended on October 24 and they went unpaid for more than two weeks Another staff member, cook Maurice Rowland, also stayed on to help care for the home´s elderly residents, many of whom suffer from dementia and other ailments.
Comments: Surely there´s someone in the area who can find better-paying jobs for these two outstanding people.
First, these two men are true heroes. They deserve any good things which may come their way.
Second, however, this whole situation describes the problem with government regulation. The state agency responsible for overseeing these institutions revoked the operating license for this nursing home and then left the residents to rot. The sheriff´s office is investigating elder abuse charges against the owners/operators of the home, but no one from the bureaucracy that shut it down will be held accountable.
Nineteen abandoned people? How terribly sad that, even for a day, they had no family to rescue them. And, sadder still, there are elderly all over the country suffering neglect in ´homes´ like this one. These young men, with no thought of any recognition for themselves, did the decent thing. They deserve to be rewarded in some way.
What I don´t understand is why none of workers, including these 2 heroes, called 911 to alert authorities to the situation?
I can sort of see why the other workers felt they could not stay. All the others would have been licensed by the state. If they gave care in an unlicensed facility, it would have permanently cost them their license. But they could have called 911 as they walked out the door, and waited outside until emergency personnel arrived to handle the situation. There is no excuse for not calling 911.
Unbelievable. Hope these two men are rewarded here on earth too. Great reason why we have to keep questioning the growth of government. The government grows larger and the citizen grows smaller. Great example of that.
#8- if you had read the story you would know that they had called 911 several times but no one came out to check. Reminds me of the episode in season 1 of the walking dead when Rick Daryl and Glenn come up on they nursing home where the janitor and a nurse is in charge and taking care of the elderly because the employees fled. Never thought something like that would happen in real life. pathetic for the employees and authorities who just left and that there was no follow up.
If local DHS shuts down any healthcare facility, there should be standard procedures for the disposition of patients... whether it´s simply contacting family members or the source of their placement funding, to insure they are placed elsewhere.
Unfortunately, ObamaCare probably states the patients should be euthanized.
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lil dotty, 11/2/2013 8:46:28 AM (No. 9594899)
Sadly, these two now owe the government parasites a fortune in fines for performing with no license or another equally asinine ´law´ set into motion. When help was needed, they saw the need and stepped forward. As God intended. Agree with another here, why weren´t authorities called.....but then, looking at what is seen today, perhaps WTP already know what that outcome would be; nothing could be more ludicrous.
In thefuture the elderly will simply be killed by death panels. obamacare is the first step. my generation will not have any kind of elderly care; it will be a choice between being composted or fed to animals.
The nurses can be charge for abandoning the patients, if they walked off and did not call the police. Thankfully the two men stayed to take care of the people. In the future under Obamacare as another poster said they will let them die.
This story and the fate of these men needs to be followed. My cynical side foresees several possible scenarios: 1) they will somehow be charged with administering meds without a license, inappropriate touching, dispensing the wrong food to the wrong patient: 2)some family who didn´t care enough about their elderly relative to rescue them will get lawyered up to file a law suit for reasons stated in #1.
The nurses left because they faced prosecution if they had stayed. And permanent revocation of their license to work in their profession. Some may say that if the nurses had stayed that surely no prosecutor would have charged them. Considering how government prosecutors act today I would bet otherwise.
I was not surprised once I read this happened in Cal. The disregard for human life and dignity has always been at the bottom of priorities in that state and will only get worse as the working middle class keep leaving in droves
God bless these two gentlemen who displayed the compassion that comes from a genuine caring for those at the home. Unfortunately , the state will probably prosecute them at the behest of the labor unions who view them as scabs, for performing duties they are not licensed to do.
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