The Latest: Care center denies seniors were left to wildfire
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California revoking licenses for senior care facilities where residents were left during a fire (all times local):
The owner of two Northern California senior care facilities denies residents were abandoned as wildfires swept the area last October.
Oakmont Senior Living responded Thursday after state regulators moved to revoke licenses for two of its Santa Rosa facilities. State investigators contend that at least three residents were never evacuated and that more than 20 people would have died if family members and emergency responders hadn’t helped them after staff fled.
The company says the allegations by the Department of Social Services are unfounded.
Oakmont says it never received an official evacuation order for the residents but decided to move them voluntarily and that all 418 of the elderly patients were safely evacuated.
A state investigation has found that staff at two senior care facilities abandoned residents during an evacuation as wildfires swept through Northern California last October.
Officials announced Thursday that they’ve moved to revoke licenses from the Santa Rosa facilities and their top administrators.
The Department of Social Services investigation says more than 20 people would have died when a dementia facility burned to the ground if family members and emergency responders hadn’t evacuated them after all staff left.
Investigators say at least three residents were never evacuated from another facility, and workers who found them the next morning lied about it.
The facilities known as Villa Capri and Varenna are managed by Oakmont Management Group based in Windsor. Executives did not respond to requests for comment.