Emergency personnel responded to an unlicensed senior care facility at 1208 Stanyan St. on Friday. (Courtesy Google Maps)

SFPD questions person for suspected elder abuse after 7 seniors hospitalized from unlicensed facility

Police are investigating a person suspected of elder abuse at an unlicensed senior care facility Friday morning, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

The San Francisco Fire Department responded to a call for medical assistance at the 1208 Stanyan St. facility in Cole Valley and called in the San Francisco Police Department for assistance, according to SFPD spokesperson Officer Grace Gatpandan. Officers arrived on the scene at 9:30 a.m., and Adult Protective Services have also since begun investigating.

“At that point it appeared that location was operating as a care facility,” Gatpandan said. But, she added, “there was not a license issued to that facility.”

Seven seniors received medical treatment, and one person was taken in “under investigation” of elder abuse, but was not arrested, Gatpandan said.

SFPD did not release any details of the individual taken in for questioning.

An alert initially sent to officials earlier in the day and obtained by the Examiner described “several patients in bad condition” at 1208 Stanyan St.

However, police and the Human Services Agency could not confirm the conditions of the seniors. There are strict non-disclosure policies around alleged elder abuse.

Chandra Johnson, a spokesperson for the Human Services Agency, said “this was a unique situation,” in that there was also a mix of residents at the facility who may have been living “independently.”

Johnson could not confirm if the facility previously had a license, only that it was not licensed at the time police responded to the call Friday.


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