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If you feel your loved one is not safe, or the resident has already suffered serious injury from neglect, reach out to our South Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys

Elder Abuse in SC

Physical Signs of Elder Abuse in South Carolina

Physical Signs of Elder Abuse

As your loved ones age and become frail or sick, you may try your hardest to take care of them. However, you may face a time when you or your family are unable to care for an elderly loved one any longer, because their needs are too great. When that time comes, many families find a nursing home after lots of thorough research, because they want to ensure their loved one is safe and well cared-for.

What Is Elder Abuse?

Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not have appropriate staff, or protections between residents, and this can lead to elder abuse. One of the worst and yet most common forms of abuse in nursing homes is physical abuse, and if staff members are not properly vetted before they are hired, they can abuse the residents. Sometimes, other residents with histories of domestic violence or sexual assault can abuse other residents in the nursing home.

Quick Facts About Elder Abuse

 

  • Between 2017 and 2018, 1 in 6 adults aged 60 or older suffered some type of abuse while in a community setting, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The WHO also notes that 2 in 3 nursing home staff members reported that they abused nursing home residents over the past year.
  • Nearly 1 out of 3 nursing homes in the U.S. have been issued citations for abuse.
  • Nursing home abuse, along with elder abuse in general, goes greatly underreported, according to the Office of the Inspector General.
  • As of 2015, 1.3 million people lived in nursing homes throughout the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Data from the CDC suggests 27 million people will be in nursing homes, in-home care, or another long-term care program by 2050.

Protect Your Loved One from Elder Abuse in South Carolina

Signs of physical elder  abuse include:

  • Bruises, welts, burns;
  • Unexplained fractures or other physical injuries;
  • Repeated accidents;
  • Injuries left untreated;
  • References to caregiver’s temper or anger;
  • Nervous or quiet around caregiver;
  • Runs away from the home or tries to;
  • Has marks or scars from restraints on wrists;
  • Shows effects of chemical restraints such as incoherence, grogginess, excessive sleep; and/or
  • Sudden fear, restlessness, anxiety

One in five nursing home residents faces abuse, either from a nurse, nursing aide, visiting caregiver, or another resident. It is important to know what you can do to help protect your elderly loved one from Nursing Home Abuse.

There Are Unexplained Bruises on My Elderly Loved One

If you have a loved one who lives in a nursing home, and their emotional state becomes worse, or they have physical markings like abuse, cuts, scrapes, or broken bones, they could be the victim of nursing home neglect. It is important to hold nursing homes responsible not just for the actions of their staff, but also for identifying potentially abusive residents and keeping them away from other vulnerable residents. Contact Adult Protective Services, but also contact a South Carolina nursing home abuse attorney to protect you and your loved one in court. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm offer a free, confidential case evaluation to discuss the nursing home abuse incident and see how we can help. Call us at 803-252-4800.

Elder Abuse in South Carolina

Nursing Home Neglect

 Nursing Home Neglect is a Serious Problem in SC

Nursing Home NeglectSouth Carolina’s elderly population is on the rise – not only are long-time residents aging, but more seniors move to the state after retirement to take advantage of the beautiful scenery, warm weather, and low cost of living. However, this means there are more people in the state than ever who may, at some point, need professional caregiving, and may live in a nursing home. This means they could be victims of nursing home neglect and abuse.

Neglect and abuse in nursing homes are not the same thing, but they are both very serious. Abuse in the legal sense refers to specific and intentional actions that caused harm to a resident, such as punching, kicking, shouting, restraining, or sexual abuse. Neglect is still a terrible problem, and sometimes is the result of direct, intentional failure to provide care; however, more often neglect is the result of overworked and under trained staff in nursing homes, and can include issues like unchanged, soiled bed sheets, bed sores resulting from the patient being immobile for too long, and missed medications.

South Carolina Skilled Nursing Facilities Must Be Held Accountable for Nursing Home Neglect

Currently, the federal government has few regulations on nursing home standards, so the for-profit facilities can misrepresent themselves in advertising and make most of their money from Medicare and Medicaid income. However, many states have rules governing nursing homes, as well a department of Adult Protective Services or an ombudsman to report nursing home neglect and abuse to. Many states have requirements for ratios of patients to nurses and nursing aides so that residents receive proper levels of care, but too many nursing homes ignore these rules in favor of profit, and the state officials in charge of investigating are overwhelmed by complaints.

If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence – for example, they broke a bone trying to get up, they have bed sores, they are malnourished, or they have missed medications which affects their health – then you should report the incident to Adult Protective Services, but you should also find a South Carolina nursing home neglect and abuse prosecutor to help you defend your loved one.

My Loved One Is In a Nursing Home and Has Fallen Several Times

If your loved one lives in a nursing home and has suffered from nursing home neglect or abuse, you should take steps with South Carolina Adult Protective Services, but you should also contact a South Carolina nursing home neglect and abuse attorney to help you hold the nursing home responsible. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm understand that this is a painful and difficult situation for you, but we are here to help defend your loved one. We offer a free, confidential case evaluation to discuss your situation, so contact us today. 803.252.4800

Nursing Home Neglect