Residents Abandoned in Shut Down Nursing Home


A single sign reading “Closed for Business” hung gloomily on the front door of the Valley Manor Community Care Home of Castro Valley, California last Thursday after the state ordered the facility to close for “deplorable conditions”. From the outside, the building appeared to be empty and lonely—nothing more than another deserted artifact left for the state’s cleanup. On the inside, however, fourteen abandoned elderly residents remained, many of them bedridden, left responsible to care for themselves. Only a few staff members stayed behind, unpaid, because they “felt bad for the patients.” Paramedics and investigators were called days after the closure and the residents were transported to other centers in the county.
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