WOMAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR OPERATING AN ELDER CARE FACILITY WITHOUT A LICENSE

 

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June 29, 2018

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WOMAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR OPERATING AN ELDER CARE FACILITY WITHOUT A LICENSE

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced nine felony and misdemeanor charges against Lavinia Tiueti for elder abuse, operation of an unlicensed Residential Care Facility for the Eldery (RCFE), and for administering a controlled substance to an elderly resident who did not have a prescription for the substance. These violations were allegedly committed between April 5 and August 18 of 2017.

 

“We entrust elder care facilities with the safety and well-being of our community’s most vulnerable residents,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “When these facilities choose to operate without licenses, they jeopardize the lives of those who depend on them and violate our basic values of compassion and care.”

 

According to court records, Tiueti was the owner of, and a caregiver at, Moana’s Independent Living facility located at 1208 Stanyan St. in San Francisco. The facility housed several elderly residents who suffered from varying levels of dementia and other ailments that prevented them from caring for themselves. The facility and its employees were not licensed. The few employees on staff were also not trained to provide the level of care needed by the residents of the facility.

 

In April 2017, the Department of Social Services cited Tiueti for operating her facility without a license. Between April 2017 and August 2017, Tiueti did not seek licensure or make changes to comply with the law. Instead, according to court records, Tiueti moved multiple residents away from and back to her facility who suffered from serious dementia and required far more care and assistance than Tiueti could provide. During the same time period, Tiueti and her staff monitored and administered medications to residents. Tiueti admitted to administering a controlled substance to at least one resident who did not have a prescription for that substance.

 

In August 2017, the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, and San Francisco Adult Protective Services responded to an emergency call from a resident about another resident at the facility yelling for help. Five residents were subsequently transported to hospitals via ambulance for care and placement in appropriate facilities. The Fire Inspector also cited Tiueti with several violation notices for lacking the appropriate zoning permit and for maintaining an unsafe facility with inadequate access to exits for numerous elderly residents with varying levels of mobility.

  

The case was developed through an investigation conducted by SFPD in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services, and San Francisco Adult Protective Services.

 

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