The Alameda County Sheriff will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss what happened at the Castro Valley nursing home where paramedics found 19 patients several days after the state ordered the facility closed.
A cook at Valley Springs Manor was one of three former employees who stayed on to care for the abandoned patients despite the departure of most of the staff and the absence of the owners and management. In a 40-hour interval between Thursday night and Saturday night, Maurice Dolan cooked, cleaned and cared for the remaining residents with the help of two other caregivers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The sheriff's department isn’t the only public agency looking into what went wrong at Valley Springs Manor. According to news reports, Dolan and others placed multiple calls to 9-1-1 before help arrived. The Alameda County Fire Department handles 9-1-1 calls from Castro Valley.The state agency that ordered facility closed is asking why the state Department of Social Services failed to work with local agencies to make sure no one was left behind.