A California nursing home that shuttered last fall lost most of its staff, leaving its residents behind, except for two people — cook Maurice Rowland, and janitor Miguel Alvarez.
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“There was about 16 residents left behind, and we had a conversation in the kitchen, ‘What are we going to do?’” Rowland says on StoryCorps.
“If we left, they wouldn’t have nobody,” 34-year-old Alvarez said. “We were just the cook and the janitor.”
The team spent several days providing round-the-clock care for elderly patients, doling out medication, bathing, feeding, and looking after them.
“I just couldn’t see myself going home,” said Rowland.