South Carolina – August 22, 2021

Nursing home abuse is widespread throughout the United States and there have been claims of verbal abuse and taunting in South Carolina nursing homes.  It is a federal violation of resident rights to disrespect any South Carolina nursing home resident, including incidents of taunting, teasing, or verbally abusing a resident, in accordance with the Federal Resident Bill of Rights and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  Family members who notice signs of abuse should contact an experienced nursing home attorney for guidance on next steps to correct the negative interactions of staff members.

Duty of care.

Nursing home abuse attorneys in South Carolina can explain how a duty of care may have been ignored when a resident suffers any type of abuse from staff members.  The protections outlined in  The Nursing Home Reform Act under Title IV of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 outline the specific duty of care recommended for residents of long term living.  Individuals who believe that a nursing home is not treating its residents with quality care and respect according to the new guidelines of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid should contact a nursing home attorney to communicate the concerns on a resident’s behalf when negligence is shown due to verbal abuse.

Taunting is considered a type  of verbal abuse.

Verbal or Emotional Abuse can present itself in many different ways such as agitation, nervousness, fear, or sadness. Acts of emotional abuse can be intentional, but they can also be unintentional when the abuser is overly stressed and unknowingly lashing out or harming the elderly person. Emotional abuse can be both verbal and nonverbal in nature.

Verbal abuse is characterized by verbal harassment, yelling, or emotional manipulation that the abuser inflicts on the elderly. In nursing homes, abusive caregivers must be reported immediately.

Non-verbal abuse can make elderly patients feel isolated, helpless, and afraid. After witnessing this abuse once, you may not notice that abuse is occurring, but the repetitive nature of this type of abuse can cause serious psychological and emotional damage to a nursing home resident. Nonverbal forms of abuse include: 1) silent treatment; 2) threatening to cause physical harm; 3) ignoring resident and keeping them from socializing; 4) restricting food, water and using the bathroom; 5) treating them as if they were children; and 6) hiding or taking away personal items.

Seek legal counsel.

When sub-standard care causes a resident to become depressed, suffer bodily injury, lose weight, and become nutritionally compromised, it may be accidental, or it may be considered abuse.  Legal action may be taken against a nursing home and/or the treating medical professional because acts of negligence that cause, or exacerbate existing health conditions, or place residents in danger are deviations from the Nursing Home Reform Act  rights.  Call an experienced attorney at the McDougall Law Offices, to discuss concerns if you believe a loved one is being mistreated at a nursing home in South Carolina.


McDougall Law Firm, LLC

115 Lady’s Island Commons
Beaufort, SC 29907

Phone: 843.379.7000





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