MODESTO, CA - The future is unknown for 65 residents and 25 staff members at the Sundial Palms Manor elderly care facility in Modesto.
Sundial Palm Manor's license is under review by the Department of Social Services for alleged violations, including understaffing.
"We need more people to help out," 4-year resident Grace Moreno.
The investigation comes just days after employees walked out on more than a dozen elderly residents at a Castro Valley elderly home, which is owned by the same people who manage Sundial Palm Manor.
Social services is also reviewing the Modesto facility for allegations of inadequate food supply and not serving enough fruits and vegetables.
Moreno said ever since Hilda Manuel and her daughter Mary took over the facility two years ago, staff is thinning and things just aren't the same.
"They always made sure we had snacks mid-morning, snacks mid- afternoon, and we don't get that service right now," Moreno explained.
A facility in the San Francisco Bay area, under the same owner, was shut down by the state last week when employees abandoned 15 residents. But, staff members at the Modesto care home said they will not walk out on their residents.
"It's not a bad place," staff member Juanita Middleton said. "I have residents here that are very happy; they don't want to see this facility close."
Residents are hoping they don't have to find a new home.
"I just would like to remain here, and not move. I'm happy here," Moreno said.
Middleton said she's heard new owners or management would be taking over, but claimed staff is being kept in the dark about any changes.
"The state's been here every day supporting us and guiding us," Middleton said.
Department of Social Services' Michael Weston said his staff members have been monitoring the facility, and consultants have been called in to help the staff. He said the state is taking action to revoke Manuel's license and will ban her and her daughter from working for a state-run facility in the future.
Weston said there is no eminent threat of closure at this time, although if the situation worsens, social services will have the authority to shut it down.