Nursing Home Neglect is a Serious Problem in SC
South 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