Nurse & Assisted Living Facility Operator Charged With Abusing Patients At AZ Assisted Living Facility

Despite a barrage of emergency calls to the Phoenix Police Department regarding suspicious injuries and wandering patients at several assisted living facilities in the Phoenix area, no action was taken by the Department of Health Services to investigate into the real source of these problems.

Melissa PachecoThat it is, until recent investigations at the facilities that revealed conditions that were so pathetic, that that assisted living facilities were shut down and the operator of the facilities was arrested.

Melissa Pacheco was recently arrested and charged with 69 counts of abusing vulnerable adults who were living at three assisted living facilities she owned.

In addition to physically disgusting problems discovered at the facilities such as: broken plumbing, urine and feces on the floors, along with bug infestations.  In addition to the horrid living conditions, investigators found more disturbing conditions on the patients living in Pacheco’s facilities.

Many of the physically disabled and mentally challenged patients were found to have:

  • Open wounds
  • Dehydration
  • Untreated medical complications
  • Untreated fractures

Sadly, despite the deplorable living conditions and patients with suffering from obvious neglect, employees at the facility never stepped forward as they feared they would lose their job if they reported the conditions to authorities.

While I certainly can appreciate the fear of losing a job in this rough economy, I find the failure of the staff at these facilities to report the dangerous conditions and visibly injured patients to authorities inexcusable.  As caregivers who deliberately ignored these conditions, I hope the Attorney General prosecutes these people to the fullest extent for not ensuring the safety of their patients.

Learn more about the laws applicable to Arizona nursing homes here.
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Related:

Nurse Charged With Sexually Abusing Two Nursing Home Residents

Caregivers Charged With Abusing Elderly In New York Nursing Homes

Nurse Charged With Abuse & Neglect After Abandoning Residents At Assisted Living Facility

Nightmare Nurse Arrested on 69 Counts of Abusing Vulnerable Adults, by James King Phoenix New Times February 10, 2011

Learn more about the laws applicable to Arizona nursing homes here.
Click on the links for information on nursing homes in Phoenix, Tucson and Peoria

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One response to “Nurse & Assisted Living Facility Operator Charged With Abusing Patients At AZ Assisted Living Facility”

  1. sadbuttrue says:

    I’m from North Carolina and have worked in several assisted living facilities. Sadly the state “says” they oversee these places but when they receive complaints, they come out, sit for a few hours, and ALWAYS says the complaint is “unfounded.” I almost think that these state folks are on the take. It’s pathetic. People not eating, dirty, not getting the right medicatons. I don’t care what faclity and I dont’ care what state – across the board these places need STRICT oversight which is not being given.

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