I was taking my lunch (dinner) break at 8:30 Monday night while working the evening shift. Another CNA was having their lunch break too at the same time. We were both in the employee dining room in the "employee hall way" where there are no residents. The only people who should be back there are house keeping, laundry, kitchen, and nursing staff. The kitchen, laundry, and house keeping staff go to lunch at 8:30 as well so they werent in there either, because they all go home. Anyways the other aide and I decided that we would go sit ot fromt for the remaining 5 minutes of our break. Once I got out there I realized that I left my transfer belt and back brace in the dining room, so I went back down the employee hall way to geth them. The hall was still pretty dark and no one was back from lunch ther wise the lights would be on in the laundry department and the kitchen, and it wansnt time anyways.
As I walk back down the hall putting my back brace on and I hear a very slow *step step step* it sounded really slow, like maybe it was a resident. I was walking a litttle slow as well so I thought maybe I was being anal retentive and it was just my steps echoing. I stopped, the steps did not.
I was curious as to who the hell was folowing me. I turned around, there was no one there. I looked down the other hall, no one was comming, and it sounded like it was right behind me anyways. I turned around and walked to the kitchen, no one was back. then to the laundry room, no one was there. Since the laundry room was rather large I decided to go in there to check it out. I said "hello? are you back from lunch?" No answer, but hen I got a really eerie feeling while I was in there, like some one else was in there. the dryers turned on (and no they are not on timers) and I ran out of there. I stepped out the back door to see if maybe some one was indeed out there. Nope! Not a soul.
I sat there for a few minutes pondering what happened. then here comes everyone back from lunch. I was asked "Did you turn the dryers on?" I explained, "No, I was in there looking for 'something' and they just turned on." I didn't explain waht had happened with the steps or anything to them, but I went back out front with the other CNA and told her. I got a look of shock from her and she explained to me that years ago a male patient had gotten back there, fallen between the dryers and died many years ago.