Pinay care home owner blames bad actors for tarnishing industry

CONCORD, Calif. – Filipino American Janet Valenica is a care home owner and care provider.

She is the Northen California President of 6Beds, Inc, an organization of care home owners serving the elderly and the disabled in California.

She says she maintains a compliant residential care facility for the elderly or RCFE.

More so after reforms were instituted by the government after a 2013 incident where Filipino care home owner Herminildga Manuel abandoned her care home in Castro Valley.

The Department of Social Services came in and discovered several violations and eventually closed down the facility.

Over a dozen elderly residents were abandoned.

Manuel was recently arrested on 14 felony counts of elder abuse, for which she may face jail time.

“I am very hands on,” said Valencia. “I am monitoring my staff on how to provide care to their loved ones because of that incident. It’s like they pick up a bad apple and put it in one basket. Now we’re all contaminated.”

Valencia supports the reform bills that requires more training for caregivers and continuing education for administrators.

What she doesn’t agree with is the rise in civil penalties, increase in insurance and re-licensing, and raise in wages for caregivers despite them living in the facility for free.

“We cater to low income people,” said Valencia. “I’m talking about a $1,000, $1,500, $1,700 per person. It’s really hard to meet the government requirements.”

But despite all their work to revive the tarnished image of the care home industry, she says many businesses can no longer stay afloat.

“Everybody is just ready to close down and at the end of the day, as I’ve always said, it’s the elderly people that’s going to suffer,” said Valencia.

6Beds will be holding a rally at the State Capitol  in Sacramento, Calif. on Tuesday to appeal to lawmakers. They’ll lobby to adjust the state’s financial oversights in order for the care home industry to continue.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

 

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  • noz
    12 March 2015 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    too tiny to monitor in verifying compliance of the federal mandates of the laws already in the books, to protect the elderly from being abused by caregivers, who must undergo legitimate trainings / certifications as part of the federal mandates the states are required to conform. the problem is within the state regulators, which varies from state to states adopting federal mandates. some states are not either consistent or rigid in their inspections for compliance which open for providers to engage in short cuts for profit. let’s face it, this is a business for profit, but to profit at the expense of neglect care of the elderly is criminal, but to make profit with good care to these helpless elderlies is not only savvy, but indeed noble. this type of job or work taking care of the most vulnerable is not for everybody. workers with natural unexplained exceptional compassion / respect for the elderly will find contentment, while those taking the job with qualms to end up hating the job will find resentment that can translate to abuse. this too tiny home care likely will be swallowed by some business venture risks takers, to build a much more sophisticated facility, either a skilled or non skilled like the assisted living, a common setting in urban areas of the USA. the job forecast of the future for the next generation will be connected / all about / everything to do with the elderly, now living too long with the extended life span, compared to decades ago, all because of much advanced science in medicine, finding treatments in adding extra 10 to 20 years into a human’s life.

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