photo courtesy Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Charles Anthony Jones

Man with dementia remains missing from facility that is target of state license revocation action

Published: Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 - 9:55 pm

A 70-year-old man with dementia and other serious medical conditions remained missing Monday, nearly a week after he walked away from a south Sacramento County assisted living facility that is facing possible loss of its license due to similar incidents.

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said Charles Jones was last seen leaving the Sky Park Gardens assisted living facility at 5510 Sky Parkway about 9 a.m. March 18.

As of Monday, Jones, who is new to the Sacramento area and requires life-sustaining medications, had not been found, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

Sky Park is the focus of state license revocation proceedings initiated after two similar episodes in 2012.

The state Department of Social Services filed a complaint in April 2013 seeking to revoke Skypark Gardens LLC’s license to operate a residential care facility for the elderly. It also calls for revocation of administrator Joe L. Johnson’s administrator certificate. The revocation action is under appeal.

Johnson did not return a phone call Monday seeking comment on Jones’ disappearance and the effort to revoke the facility’s operating license.

The revocation effort stems from two cases in 2012 in which residents went missing from the facility for several hours, according to the state complaint. In one, the resident died.

That case involved an 82-year-old man with dementia. The state filing said he left Sky Park Gardens about 9:40 p.m., Dec. 5, 2012, through an exit armed with an auditory alert system. More than an hour elapsed before a staff member determined that he was missing from his room.

He was found four hours later, about 1:45 a.m. the next day. He had been alone in the neighborhood, was seriously injured, and died a few days later, according to the complaint.

The other episode occurred March 4, 2012, when a resident about 60 years old with dementia left Sky Park Gardens about 8:30 a.m., triggering an audible alarm. “Instead of facility staff personnel responding to the audible alarm, a facility resident … was able to deactivate the alarm,” the complaint said.

In this instance, 45 minutes passed before staff members discovered that the resident was missing. The resident was alone for about 10 hours before he was found unharmed and returned to the facility.

The complaint alleges that Skypark Gardens LLC failed to ensure that all of the assisted living facility’s personnel had sufficient on-the-job training or the skills and knowledge required to provide necessary care and supervision. It also alleges that the firm and Johnson engaged in conduct harmful “to the health, morals, welfare, or safety” of those receiving services at the facility.

The Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in finding Jones, who is described as African American, 6-foot-2, and weighing about 170 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a green hooded sweatshirt and a light blue denim jacket. He does not have a cellphone and is not known to use public transit.

Anyone with information regarding Jones’ whereabouts is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115.


Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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