Modesto Facility Tied to Castro Valley Nursing Bust

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Outrage from out of town as Bill Bailey expresses concern from Las Vegas about a Modesto facility now caring for his brother Ed.

“If they’ve lost their license at one place in the state, then they shouldn’t have this operation here either,” Bailey said.

The operation he’s talking about in Modesto is  run by the same owners now being punished by the state for all but abandoning at least 14 residents in unmedicated and filthy conditions at their center in Castro Valley.

The license for Valley Springs Manor has been revoked  in the Bay and reports indicate a temporary license suspension for Modesto’s Sundial Palms, but FOX40 found it operating Monday.

No one there would speak on camera.

Patient relatives and employees say Sundial  has had problems of it’s own – like with food.

“He says it’s garbage. Sometimes you get a hot dog and a little bit of mustard, or a hot dog and some chili beans on it,” said Bailey as he described what he’s heard from his brother.

“At one point the food was bad. You know they weren’t getting enough. The quality was poor,” said Sundial medical technician Davina Bratton.

Bratton says those were some of the issues residents received letters about last month from the state, warnings that Sundial’s license was under review for a list of violations.

Seventy-five-year-old Sundial resident Edward Bailey spoke to FOX40 by phone.

He said since the letter arrived, he’s seen improvements at dinner.

Monday’s dinner was a chicken hamburger sandwich that he liked very much.

Bratton confirms a new cook’s been hired as of last Thursday, but additions to a stretched care staff.

“Working crazy, doing more than what they should. Like I said, med techs going on the floor helping the care givers and even the activity director coming and helping,” said Bratton.

As for the kind of management that would allow lapses in Modesto and what the state says was all out failure in Castro Valley, Bratton says it breaks her heart.

“You open these kind of facilities, you gotta have some kind of heart and some kind of compassion. It just feels like this one don’t,” she said.

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