CARR previously reported on the Department of Justice proceedings against Wilhemina Aquino-Raroque, 62, and one-time Licensee of three San Diego RCFEs: Golden Age Residential, Happiness Villa and Lakeview Residential, for multiple charges including theft. Felony Minutes – Pronouncement of Judgment for Sentencing dated 7 November, 2012 reveal that charges against Raroque were reduced to misdemeanors from the original two felony counts of grand theft, California Penal Code 487(a). Presiding Judge K Michael Kirkman sentenced defendant to 6 days in county jail, and formal probation of 3 years, which will be vacated upon Defendant’s completion of 100 hours of community volunteer work.
Dr. Joaquin Anguera, a CARR founding Board Member, was featured in an exhibit entitled "Notes to our Sons and Daughters" benefiting San Diego's Senior Community Centers. The project features San Diego personalities photographed by Philipp Scholz Ritterman. While the photos were being taken, the individuals shared short oral histories from which life lessons and inspirational words were excerpted. Dr. Angera's conversation and words of wisdom were captured and can be viewed link.
CARR received notification that Alexander Pura was released from custody on 10/6/2012, presumably after posting bail. CARR will keep consumers apprised of the progress of this prosecution as information becomes available.
Court documents obtained by CARR allege felony elder abuse charges (California Penal Code 368(b)(1)) against Raymundo F Pura and Alexander S Pura for having proximately caused the death of Frank Kiser, 85, while he was in the care of Bonair Rest Home (CCL License 374601295) in 2010. The facility was licensed to and owned by Raymundo Frondozo Pura; Pura’s son and Bonair’s administrator, Alexander, is the state’s second named defendant.
Maximino and Melinda Morales, once-owners of four residential care facilities for the elderly located in Paso Robles ". . . pleaded guilty in May to felony charges of conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants . . .," according to a San Luis Obispo Tribune (San Luis Obispo.com) story written by Nick Wilson, Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press in Los Angeles. The care homes are no longer found in the Facility Search on www.ccld.ca.gov; they were Meadowlark Home, Starling Residential, The Meadows and The Meadows II - all in Paso Robles, and each was licensed for 6 beds.
Despite your best efforts to make an informed placement for your loved one or family member, bad things can happen to your resident. The stories below of elder abuse perpetrated, or allegedly perpetrated by owners and employees of RCFEs in our community are convincing proof that you cannot just place your family member, then walk away.
The Mt. Echo continued its coverage (2012) of an on-going investigation regarding Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division’s alleged misconduct regarding its failure to close down an unlicensed RCFE owned by Barbara Hockman; a supervisor (Donna Teutshel) who allegedly refused to sign a $20,000 civil penalty against Hockman for her unlicensed facility; and thwarting a state inspector’s attempts to contact Department of Justice to have an unusual death investigated. This most recent article also reported allegations that CCL workers attempted to have an elder give Power of Attorney to a 3rd party against her wishes.
is Obispo's KCBX Public Radio station, (serving California's Central Coast, from Salinas to Santa Barbara) spotlighted both Chrisy Selder's children's book, "When You're Older", and CARR itself in an interview with Katherine Johnson, host of KCBX's Issues & Idea's. Host Johnson engaged Chrisy in conversation not only about the book and CARR, but about the larger issues confronting families wanting to make an informed assisted living placement decision. Chrisy discussed differences between an RCFE and a skilled nursing facility, what to look for in an assisted living facility, some of
The Mountain Echo, a regional newspaper based in Shasta County’s Fall River Mills, CA released a story 17 January 2012 entitled "Why did Agency Hide Its Misconduct? Health Care Licensing Swept Riverview Problem Under the Rug.” http://www.mountainecho.com. You are encouraged to read it in its entirety, reproduced at the bottom of this post.