Greenville, SC- When you have to choose a South Carolina nursing home, there are a number of things a person must consider. Staffing should be chief among their concerns since having inadequate staff can put a vulnerable adult at risk of being abused or neglected. Unfortunately, nursing homes in South Carolina have been given low marks for the one-on-one care their patient’s received.
Last fall, a Florida-based non-profit, Families for Better Care took an in-depth look into nursing homes in 50 states. The groups which advocates for the elderly analyzed federal data under several metrics which included the amount direct staffing care each resident receives on daily basis, the availability or professional nursing care, the number of verified ombudsman complaint and the number of deficiencies facilities received.
South Carolina nursing homes received and overall grade of “B” and ranked 17, but they did not get good marks when it came to offering adequate staffing care and professional nursing services. They also received low grades when it came to deficiencies.
On average, South Carolina facilities offered residents 2.5 hours of direct staffing care each day; for optimal care a resident should receive at least four hour of one-on-one care daily. The state earned a “D” in this category and the number of hours of professional nursing care; facilities offered just under an hour of R.N. care daily.
Another metric in which South Carolina facilities ranked poorly was deficiencies. According to Families for Better Care, over 84 percent of facilities were cited for minor deficiencies, much lower than other states, but the state had a high number of severe deficiencies with over 24 percent receiving citations. Severe deficiencies are incidents which could cause serious and immediate physical harm or death to a resident.
Even those figures are not promising for those who are considering placing their loved one in a Greenville facility this information can serve as guide. When you visit a facility, it is critical you ask how many hours of care your loved one will receive.
Lack staff that is well-trained can be directly linked to neglect and abuse in long term care facilities. Without enough staff members a patients basic needs and for the elderly substandard care can lead to prolonged health problems and sometimes death. In a study by the National Council of Elderly Abuse, 50 percent of nursing home staff admitted to neglecting a patient’s needs at least one in the past 30 days.
Not having enough staff also creates more opportunity for people who are inclined to abuse nursing home residents. Abusers will take advantage of inattentive and busy staff to harm a vulnerable adult.
While you there are steps you can take to prevent your loved ones from being abused or neglected, there is no guarantee it will never happen. If it does, you can rely on a Greenville nursing home abuse attorney to seek justice on your behalf. They will forcefully pursue and facility to assure your loved one gets the compensation they deserve.