Inspectors close care facility for disabled

Sewage leaks, bed bugs among violations found

San Antonio Manor, a Mountain View care home for disabled adults, was ordered to shut down this week after health inspections uncovered numerous violations that weren't being corrected. The facility reportedly had mold, bed bugs and sewage leaks that were seeping into its residents' living quarters.

San Antonio Manor, located at 2404 Gabriel St., was licensed in 2001 to house up to 15 residents, according to the California Department of Social Services. The facility came under scrutiny after formal complaints were filed against it, the most recent of which came in late 2015.

After receiving the tip, local and state inspectors visited San Antonio Manor nearly a dozen times. In one December visit, officials found multiple water and sewer leaks dripping from the second-story bathrooms down into residents' bedrooms. City code enforcement and building officials reportedly discovered a number of structural deficiencies and building alterations that had been made without permits.

The facility previously had been cited several times for bed bugs, and inspectors noted that the building's management failed to take steps to eliminate the infestation. Among other violations, the reports noted dirty refrigerators, inadequate food stocks and improperly stored medicine and cleaning supplies. San Antonio Manor had been cited for many of these violations earlier, but they were never fully corrected, the report noted. In total, the facility received 56 citations.

It is not clear whether any of the residents suffered any harm or injuries as a result of the maintenance issues. All residents have been relocated to other certified facilities or to the care of their families.

"Right now the focus is that we shut the facility down," said Michael Weston, a California Department of Social Services spokesman. "If someone had a need that required medical attention, that would have been taken care of."

Managers at San Antonio Manor have the option to file a legal appeal to protest the closure.

Calls to San Antonio Manor asking seeking comment were not immediately returned.

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11 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Glad that the residents were able to find new housing.

Is this facility owned by a family who was overwhelmed by the work, or by a corporation trying to save a buck?

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Posted by Ask Deeper
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm

...or maybe a family not overwhelmed, but still trying to save a buck

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Posted by Mmmmmm
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm

The question is when was this facility inspected and what kind of time frame were the owners given to fix these problems? And now that these problems were not fixed, shouldn't they be subjected to criminal proceedings with a severe financial penalty ? Or is this facility owned by few of the MV city council members or someone with lot of standing in the society so that they can simply get away with this? Why isn't the article mentioning who owns this facility. I am surprised liberal journalism is so bad and biased.

18 people like this
Posted by dennis
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm

This is very sad and only the beginning of a nightmare that is being fueled by greed and the aging baby boomer generation. Currently any facility that will take Medicare is not a place you would want a loved one living in. And at the other end the places that have assisted living and disabled living will only take cash and charge over one hundred thousand dollars a year or more. This is all only the tip of the iceberg to the problems of an ageing population that is growing at an astounding rate.

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Posted by @Mmmmmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 12, 2016 at 4:53 pm

The facility is definitely owned by someone on the city council. They are co-conspirators in all bad things in MV, right? I got a flat tire the other day and I'm pretty sure I saw a couple of councilmen spreading nails right before that.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

How was this place still open if local and state inspectors visited San Antonio Manor nearly a DOZEN times??? Three months ago they found multiple water and sewer leaks dripping from the second-story bathrooms down into residents' bedrooms. City code enforcement and building officials reportedly discovered a number of structural deficiencies and building alterations that had been made without permits. AND THE PLACE WAS JUST CLOSED THIS WEEK? Is the City of Mountain View and State of CA asleep at the wheel?

Why was there no mention of the owner's name, and why was there no attempt to interview him, staff or resident's families? It took me 1 minute to find out that the manager is Rosario Carrero, he is either incapable of running a facility like this or he is just cashing the checks and does not really care. The license number of San Antonio Manor is 435200937.

Regarding MediCAL, which I think Dennis was referring to as Medicare doesn't pay for "custodial" residential care in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The majority of nursing homes, even good ones do accept MediCAL. Villa Siena's skilled nursing accepts MediCal and that is a very well run facility with a caring staff. Generally speaking if you enter a facility as private pay you have a better choice of facilities , than if you start out a a MediCAL recipient (in my experience anyway).

However for the mentally disabled, group homes like San Antonio Manor seem to be the only option as institutions were closed years ago, there really are no other options if they do not have family. It's a sad situation, and deplorable that people like Rosario Carrera work the system to make a fast buck off of the disabled. It is also very troubling that inspectors knew about these violations for some time. The system is so broken.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Kathy, the reason it hasn't closed yet is because there is no other housing available for these poor folks. It takes time to find appropriate alternative housing, and licensing won't just put people out on the street.

8 people like this
Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Whisman Station
on Feb 12, 2016 at 6:46 pm

the_punnisher is a registered user.

This is just the beginning of the PEOPLE WAREHOUSING INDUSTRY. Having worked in several jails as a contractor, I notice that there are many nursing homes that that have jail conditions. I've been the victim ( an inmate ) of several nursing homes, one actually rated as UNSATISFACTORY on the Medicare web site! Yet KAISER PEMANENTE put me there for recovery. Fortunately, I got paroled after six months and the care was very bad in my case. I have purchased BETTER EQUIPMENT at home for the remaining therapy.
There is more people warehouses around El Camino Hospital and I lasted only 4 days in that jug. And that was because the doctor works only during the week and this was a weekend.
I have witnessed several deaths in nursing homes, one in the bed next to me in our double room.

A group of people owned the nursing home through a company made of three people; a husband, wife and lawyer. The building was a converted motel and that showed.

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Posted by Earl
a resident of The Crossings
on Feb 13, 2016 at 7:24 am

This is sad. This place is a few hundred meters from my house and I have walked by it many times. I've lived here 20 years. The residents were always friendly and respectful and would say hello (unlike many residents at Carmel Village at San Antonio place).

Nonetheless, I have witnessed much worse conditions in many of the dilapidated apartments along California Ave. Those are never inspected and full of human misery. So we should not be so naive. However, as we have seen, apartment owners and developers are in the pocket of the City Council so don't expect much to change. Actually, as a few have mentioned, it will probably get worse. Get out while you can.

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Posted by MarkSindone
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm

MarkSindone is a registered user.

My goodness! I can't imagine what the families of these patients must think when they found out about these health violations! I only hope that none of the people in there got more sick while they were in their care!

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