Report on Abandoned Elderly Residents Blames State Agency

Investigation on Abandoned Elderly Residents Says the State Agency is at Fault
Investigation on Abandoned Elderly Residents Says the State Agency is at Fault

CASTRO VALLEY (KRON) — On the eve and day of its closure last October, more than a dozen residents of Valley Springs Manor remained at the facility, despite the fact that most staff had left.

On both days, state officials visited the facility, noted that residents were still there, and then they left.

Now an investigation by the State Department of Social Services finds the decision by the state’s community care licensing division that the facility could remain open past its closure date “was in error.”

Watch the report from KRON 4’s Dan Kerman:
 
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The report says community care licensing staff should have remained or been directed to remain on site and senior staff should have been consulted.

The report goes on to say the State Division of Social Services “fell short in its mission to protect the health and safety of Valley Springs residents”. Senior care advocates say this admission of error is a step in the right direction.

The state also announced a list of corrective actions including more training for staff and directing staff to remain on site until all residents are transferred out of a closed facility, if the operators of that facility fail to fulfill their duties.

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