When the time comes to consider a nursing home, prospective residents and
their families strive to find the best accommodations and a facility in
which they feel confident placing their trust. However, this trust is
not always upheld, with patient care taking a backseat to budget and profit
concerns. The widespread understaffing and deteriorating state of elder
care facilities in the United States have called into question the management
of corporate controllers.
Take the story of Genesis HealthCare, a corporate giant which now owns
and operates more than 500 nursing homes throughout the nation. The company
came under fire after federal inspections revealed abysmal health and
safety conditions in many nursing homes they operate. One location was
hit with a $56,000 fine after a patient died of complications stemming
from an untreated urinary tract infection. Another facility was reported
to be so filthy that the grimy floors pulled the shoes right off an inspector’s feet.
Genesis, which doubled in size over the past several years, is currently
the largest owner of elder care facilities in the U.S. However, Federal
and state data show that the time frame which saw the company’s
explosive growth also saw a massive decline in care standards. Despite
the controversy surrounding its facilities, the company has plans to continue
Genesis HealthCare is only one of the corporations that worry lawmakers,
residents, and families. The buying and selling of nursing homes appear
to be booming industries across the country, with residents left to suffer
the potentially deadly effects of declining services. Some analysts familiar
with the situation have predicted that this trend may continue unless
the industry as a whole sees reforms or restructuring. As of now, numerous
lawsuits have been filed against nursing home operators across the country.
Attorneys Fighting Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse and neglect are a reality for countless victims in South Carolina
and across the nation. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the
negligence of nursing home staff, we want to hear your story. Our
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