Miguel Alvarez, a janitor at a senior care home at Valley Springs Manor in California had never administered medications or helped the elderly with daily activities until last week. When the Castro Valley care home plunged into chaos amid a state-ordered closure, Alvarez found himself changing diapers, bathing, feeding and comforting those elderly residents who had been abandoned there.
Alvarez was one of two employees of the care home who stayed when everyone else – including management – left as the state took away the facilities operating license. When Alvarez, 33, noticed some residents becoming weak and “zombie-like”, he immediately came to their aid. He administered medications and comforted them. “I’d never want to see my parents or grandparents like go through anything like that,” he said. “I like these people. I wanted to treat them well.”
Alvarez and Maurice Rowland, a cook and friend at the facility, stated at Valley Springs Manor 24 hours a day after the rest of the staff had left because some had not been paid in more than two weeks and because the state had revoked the facility’s license.
This is an emotional and heroic act by two caring gentlemen. We appreciate their care and concern for the elderly residents of Valley Springs Manor. If your elderly loved one has been neglected or abused at their care facility, contact Jacoby &Meyers for help. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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