A 29 year old woman in a vegetative state gave birth to a son on December 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The woman, who resides in a long-term care facility named Hacienda Healthcare, has been non-verbal and incapable of moving independently since she was 3 years old due to a near-drowning accident. Caregivers did not know she was pregnant until the day she gave birth. Phoenix police have executed a search warrant to obtain DNA samples from staff members at the facility. The Arizona’s Department of Health Services and Department of Economic Security are cooperating with the investigation. The attorney representing the woman’s family said in a statement that the baby “has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for.” The attorney also said “The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare.” If you have family needing nursing home, assisted living, or long-term care, you will want to do everything in your power to choose a home where your loved one will be well cared for. Following are factors to consider when making that choice:
Location- Is this a location where you can easily get to if need be? Is there a hospital close?
Building- Does the building look clean and well built? Are the grounds of the community well cared for?
Size – How big is the community? What is the ratio of workers to residents?
State Licensing- Request to see the latest state licensing report. Make sure they are current with all requirements.
Programs- What different programs does the community offer?
Medical- Is there a doctor on site? Do they offer any kind of therapy?
Transportation- Do they offer transportation? Can they take person to doctor’s visits and other activities?
Cleaning – Do they have a cleaning service? Who will do the laundry?
Activities- What kind of activities are offered?
Meals – Do they serve three meals a day and snacks? Are the meals nutritious?
Price – Can you afford for your loved one to live there?
Make sure to take a critical eye to the community. Examine both the private rooms and common area rooms at the community. Meet some of the staff and residents. When it is time for someone to go into an assisted living it is never easy time. In fact, it is a difficult and stressful process. The more information you find out about the community, the more comfortable you will feel.