Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C.
Nursing home residents are one of the most vulnerable segments of our population. Indeed, an elderly person’s inability to completely care for himself or herself explains why some 3.2 million Americans live in one of the nation’s roughly 17,000 nursing homes.
To say the least, finding out that a loved one has been mistreated in a nursing home is unsettling. But it is not uncommon. More than 20,000 complaints of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation are made each year against long-term care facilities, statistics show.
If you suspect abuse or neglect of your loved one at any nursing home in Spartanburg, Greenville or surrounding areas in Upstate South Carolina, you should speak right away with a lawyer from Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. Contact us by phone or online. Our consultations are always free.
We can begin an immediate review of your case and take steps to protect your loved one.
Types of Neglect in Nursing Homes in South Carolina
By law, all nursing homes in South Carolina must display a resident’s Bill of Rights. Any violation of these basic rights is most likely an instance of negligence.
Among the rights guaranteed to South Carolina nursing home residents are:
- The right to be free from physical or mental abuse.
- The right to be free of restraints, except by physician’s orders.
- The right to be medicated only as ordered by a physician.
- The right to protection of personal funds.
- The right to self-determination.
Specific examples of nursing home negligence (and signs you should be on the lookout for) are:
- Failing to provide proper meals and nutrition – A senior may show signs of malnutrition or dehydration (sudden, unexplained weight loss, discolored skin, fatigue or dizziness).
- Failure to provide proper medication – The failure to administer the proper medications or dosage of medications can cause nursing home residents to experience serious medical complications.
- Lack of hygiene supervision – A senior may develop staph infections or bedsores due to the nursing home staff’s failure to provide a sanitary environment and to help seniors maintain their general hygiene. The nursing home should be routinely helping residents with bathing and grooming and changing their clothing and bed sheets.
- Lack of general supervision – A nursing home’s failure to properly supervise its residents on a daily basis may lead to an elderly resident being injured in a fall or hurt after being allowed to wander away from the facility.
Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes in South Carolina
According to the American Psychological Association, the following types of abuse frequently occur in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities:
- Physical abuse – This involves the use of force (hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, kicking and slapping) to cause pain or injury. Restraining nursing home residents with ropes or chains also constitutes physical abuse.
- Psychological abuse – This non-physical abuse may take the form of name calling, intimidation, threatening, yelling, cursing and other behaviors that lead to nursing home residents feeling emotionally distressed or depressed.
- Sexual abuse – Often unreported, sexual abuse is any form of unwanted sexual behavior, including the presentation of pornographic material, sexualized photo-taking, forced sexual contact between residents, coerced nudity or rape.
- Financial exploitation – Nursing home residents can be financially abused in a number of ways, including through scams, fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, forgery, property transfers and denial of an older person’s funds.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
If you believe that your loved one has been abused or neglected in an Upstate South Carolina nursing home, you should immediately report it to the proper authorities. Please see our page on Documenting and Reporting Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect for more information.
You should also discuss your legal options with an attorney from Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. We can conduct a comprehensive review of your case and provide the compassionate and dedicated representation that you and your loved one deserve.
Sources / More Information
• Resident’s Rights in Long Term Care Facilities, Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging
• Annual Report, South Carolina Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (SCLTCOP)
• Resident’s Rights in Long Term Care Facilities, SCLTCOP
• The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study, National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
• Statistics/Data, NCEA
• Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions, American Psychological Association
• Nursing Home Data Compendium, 2012 Edition, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
• Nursing Home Statistics, American Association for Justice