A California seniors' home abandoned 14 patients, some of them bedridden, when it shut down last week and all but a few concerned staff members cleared out, according to the county sheriff's department.
The San Fransisco Chronicle reported the state's department of social services ordered the Valley Manor Residential Care centre in Castro Valley, Calif. to close by Oct. 24. The centre closed on Thursday as directed, leaving a note on the door that said "NOTICE: CLOSED FOR BUSINESS," according to NBC News.
But some of the patients didn't receive the memo, or the help they needed to leave. The Chronicle reported that staff walked out, leaving several frail senior citizens — some of whom had deteriorated mental conditions — without supervision.
The patients stayed at the facility with help from a janitor, a cook and one caretaker, according to reports, until Saturday when paramedics received an emergency call and moved the seniors to new accommodations.
Police are investigating the incident at the facility, which appears to have had problems long before it was shut down. A spokesperson at the state social services department said there was "a history of concerns," according to the Associated Press.
This summer in Calgary, Alta. devastating floods caused power outages at three assisted living buildings downtown, and the elderly residents spent two days in darkness waiting for help, according to Sun News. Those who used wheelchairs and walkers were trapped without working elevators.