How comfortable is your elderly loved one in an assisted living facility
or nursing home? According to a recently-released study by
Independent Mail, part of the USA Today Network, the care your loved one receives in upstate
South Carolina might not be as great as the nursing home’s pamphlet
Independent Mail gathered materials, police records, and lawsuit documentations from the
last 6 years to get an in-depth look at how nursing homes located in and
around Greenville are treating their residents. Specifically, the researchers
spent eight months pouring over more than 200 inspection reports, more
than 60 lawsuit filings and closures, and more than 100 incidents of
abuse or negligence reported to law enforcement. It found ample evidence to
conclude that assisted living facility care in the region is “inconsistent” at best.
Verbal Abuse & Other Deficiencies
On the positive side,
Independent Mail was able to determine that the number of serious issues in upstate South
Carolina nursing homes was less than the national average. However, this
does not mean that less serious deficiencies in care were not prevalent.
More often than not, elderly residents at nursing homes reported verbal
abuse and nonphysical harassment that impacted them emotionally and psychologically.
In more than one incident, the researchers came across reports of orderlies
berating elderly residents who had accidentally soiled their bedsheets.
At least one incident included a nursing home assistant that would not
change a resident’s soiled adult diaper.
Bedsores were also a prevalent issue, including in some nursing homes that had
an above average rating. A bedsore develops when someone makes little
to no movements in bed for days on end. Orderlies are supposed to change
sheets and encourage movement in bedridden residents to prevent painful
bedsores from forming.
Additional Information & Finding Help to Stop Nursing Home Abuse
Independent Mail documented its findings in a comprehensive, multi-page study report. If
you would like to view this report in its entirety, you can click here to visit
its news website.
If you have an elderly loved one staying within an upstate South Carolina
nursing home and fear that some form of abuse or negligence could be causing
them harm, you must take action and discover your legal options. Call
864.408.8890 to connect with Christian & Davis LLC and our Greenville nursing home
abuse attorneys. Established in 1975, we have nearly a century of collective
experience helping clients in need among our team of attorneys. Find out
what we can do for you and your elderly loved one today by scheduling a