Published by RP Legal Group
December 10, 2017
Those who have elderly loved ones are constantly faced with difficult decisions, specifically about how to best care for those they love. Yet, in the state of South Carolina, that’s not always easy. A recent survey done by WalletHub ranked South Carolina 50th out of 50 states in elder care protections, and a deeper investigation found a long list of infractions in the state’s nursing care facilities.
Deficiencies and Infractions Put Elderly at Risk
Those nursing homes found guilty of infractions put their residents at serious risk. Some of the complaints brought up by residents or their families in the past 5 years include bedsores, falls, medication errors and blatant abuse. Negligence is another issue. These are serious infractions, damaging the psychological, mental, and physical health of the state’s most vulnerable population.
How to Protect Your Loved Ones
If you are looking for elder care in the state of South Carolina, you will need to do your research to find a quality facility. This low rating does not mean that quality facilities don’t exist, but you will need to be proactive to find them.
When touring facilities, look for one in which the residents are addressed with respect by name when interacting with the staff. The staff should seem caring and engaged with the residents, not dismissive. They should not look overworked and frazzled.
Pay attention to the smell of the facility, and watch the way the residents spend their free time. Is there a busy calendar of events and activities to eliminate boredom? Try to visit at meal time and determine if the food is palatable and appealing.
If possible, find a facility that’s earned awards for its level of care. This will give you peace of mind that you have found a quality home.
After choosing a nursing home, don’t let your guard down. Be involved in your loved one’s life, and sound the alarm at the first sign of a problem. Don’t be afraid to visit unannounced at different times of the day so you can oversee the care given. By being proactive, you can find the right facility and do what is necessary to help protect those you love.
If you suspect injury in an elder care facility, contact us. We can help.