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Hero janitor fed, bathed and changed
diapers for 19 elderly residents at care
home after all staff walked off the job

Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/2/2013 6:49:44 AM

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.

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Surely there´s someone in the area who can find better-paying jobs for these two outstanding people.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fleetusa, 11/2/2013 6:52:15 AM     (No. 9594740)

Saints still live among us.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: corndoggies, 11/2/2013 7:24:11 AM     (No. 9594779)

Mr´s. Alvarez and Rowland had good mommas who raised good sons.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 11/2/2013 7:25:20 AM     (No. 9594780)

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.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Michaelus, 11/2/2013 7:28:39 AM     (No. 9594789)

This is the only reason to have any hope - ordinary people. The Department of Social Services shut down the place but someone forgot to tell the Department of Moving Disabled Old People.

I bet there are at least 100 people who screwed up here all of whom make >$100k/yr - and none of them will be fired.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jinx, 11/2/2013 7:29:08 AM     (No. 9594790)

Why did we have to read about this in a British publication? Why isn´t it on MSM every day like obscure murder trials. This man is a hero and should be recognized across the nation.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: msliberty1937, 11/2/2013 7:35:55 AM     (No. 9594795)

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.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: NancyD, 11/2/2013 7:37:49 AM     (No. 9594802)

I´m so disappointed in the employees who walked away and left the elderly without care. They know these adults needs meds, I can´t imagine someone as selfish and lousy souled as they are.

I understand that the working conditions might be bad, but to walk away from people in major need is terrible.

I applaud the 2 who stayed to help. May wonderful things happen in their lives!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 11/2/2013 8:06:57 AM     (No. 9594845)

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.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/2/2013 8:27:46 AM     (No. 9594872)

8 - per the article:
Last Friday, Alvarez became worried about the elderly resident´s health and called 911 several times.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, sheriff´s deputies and firefighters came to rescue the remaining abandoned residents on Saturday.

Perhaps he expected nursing staff to reconsider and return. But he did call 911. He did everything right - his mother should be proud...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Kerkat, 11/2/2013 8:29:41 AM     (No. 9594877)

#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.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/2/2013 8:29:56 AM     (No. 9594879)

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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Reply 12 - Posted by: 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.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 11/2/2013 9:00:21 AM     (No. 9594917)

He´s quite a guy, to put it mildly. A ´good heart´ is worth its weight in gold.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: nycvoter, 11/2/2013 9:03:34 AM     (No. 9594918)

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.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Native Texan, 11/2/2013 9:22:33 AM     (No. 9594942)

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.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: msliberty1937, 11/2/2013 9:29:43 AM     (No. 9594958)

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.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lana720, 11/2/2013 9:44:12 AM     (No. 9594990)

Read the article b4 posting, OK?
These two are genuinely good people, unlike those who abandoned their patients.
God love them and protect the patients until God calls them home.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 11/2/2013 10:21:06 AM     (No. 9595059)

I wish I owned a company so I could hire these guys.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: joew9, 11/2/2013 10:34:04 AM     (No. 9595082)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/2/2013 10:42:18 AM     (No. 9595095)

God Bless this man.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jerseyden, 11/2/2013 12:45:15 PM     (No. 9595282)

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

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Reply 22 - Posted by: retCPO, 11/2/2013 1:23:44 PM     (No. 9595324)

May the Good Lord bless these caring men. I cannot fathom a system that would allow such an outcome.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 11/2/2013 5:47:41 PM     (No. 9595585)

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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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/3/2013 12:46:39 AM     (No. 9595862)

G-d bless those that are willing to do what´s right against all odds today.

The state should have been onsite and moving those patients the day they closed it.

Remember the nursing home in LA when Katrina hit ? The workers fled and left the elderly behind to die.

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