- The Phoenix, Arizona care facility where a woman gave birth while in a vegetative state after presumably being raped was cited in 2017 for another instance of alleged inappropriate behaviour.
- According to Arizona Department of Health Services records, Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility was cited for not treating a resident “with dignity, respect, and consideration.”
- The report details how a nursing assistant complained that another nursing assistant walked through a bathroom while a male patient was bathing naked.
- The patient told the inspector that it “happened on many occasions” and “made him feel uncomfortable.”
An Arizona nursing facility made headlines this week when a patient, who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, gave birth to a baby – sparking a sexual assault investigation.
INSIDER has since reviewed Arizona Department of Health Services public records that reveal another disturbing incident that inspectors cited the for facility in 2017.
In December 2017, the Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility was cited for failing to treat a resident with “dignity, respect, and consideration.”
According to the records, an inspector spoke with a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the facility on December 11, 2017, who complained about an incident that happened a month prior.
She said she was assisting a quadriplegic resident out of the shower one day when another CNA entered the room who “just wanted to talk with her.”
The nurse’s assistant explained to the department inspector that the shower is situated between two adjoining resident rooms and that other staff members often “enter and exit the shower rooms while residents are being showered.” She said it has “become a bad habit and is a dignity problem.”
The inspector went on to interview the patient involved, who confirmed that staff have walked in on his showers “on many occasions” and that “it made him feel uncomfortable.”
An interview was also conducted with the nurse who walked in on him during the incident initially reported. She said that “she has gone into the shower room while a resident was being showered, even through she was not asked to assist.”
“She stated she has observed many staff enter a shower room, while a resident was being showered to either get to the adjoining room, or get some supplies (urinals) or dispose of something in the waste containers that are often stored in the shower rooms,” the report reads.
She admitted that it probably made the residents “uncomfortable” and was “a dignity problem.”
The state health department listed the violation as corrected as of January 2018, noting that the staff in question had been “counseled on privacy during showering residents.” Additionally, all direct care staff were educated on maintaining residents’ dignity while bathing, and Hacienda agreed to survey 10% of the facility’s residents monthly to ensure their dignity is being maintained.
Hacienda received its recertification from the state on April 3, 2018, and it is valid through May 31, 2019.
INSIDER reached out to the facility’s parent company for comment but did not immediately receive a response on Friday.
The incident involving the patient who became pregnant while in a vegetative state has prompted a sexual assault investigation by local police.
A source told CBS affiliate Arizona’s Family that staffers didn’t know the woman was pregnant until she went into labour on Saturday. A nurse at the facility delivered the baby, who is alive and healthy.
The woman has been a patient at the facility for more than a decade, after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state.
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