Three long-term care facilities in Phoenix were recently shut down after the owner of these facilities, Melissa Pacheco, was arrested due to a long list of charges of vulnerable adult abuse.
These facilities housed 69 residents that ranged in age from 35 to 89; the residents, most of whom required care for medical problems and diminished mental capacities, had to be relocated to other assisted-living care facilities.
Police say that the three facilities were infested with cockroaches and bedbugs, and that residents had open wounds. The Attorney General’s Office and investigators with the Phoenix Police Department’s Family Investigations made the arrest.
The three facilities that were shut down include Honey Bee’s, Marconi House and Fiesta Village. Pacheco is a registered nurse; her arrest stems from investigations over a period of several months of the three assisted-living facilities. Investigations began after police and fire officials were dispatched on a regular basis to one of the locations; the officials felt that the facilities provided an unhealthy environment and unsafe living conditions. According to police, patients were found laying in their own waste at one of the homes.
Sgt. Trent Crump said that when patients were removed from Fiesta Village, which seemed to be the worst of the three facilities, some had broken bones that had not been cared for properly, some had open sores, and numerous patients were dehydrated and also had head lice.
Pacheco was booked in to jail on February 10th, with bond being set at $250,000 by a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner.
Assisted living facilities and nursing homes are where we expect conditions to be clean and our loved ones cared for, but all too often this is not the case. More and more, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are facing charges of abuse and neglect, making the decision of where to place an elderly loved one a difficult decision indeed.
Conditions at the three facilities in the story above were deplorable; no human being should be forced to live in filth, and with less than adequate care.
Brown Chiari is a Buffalo nursing home abuse and neglect law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home residents and their families.