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What family considerations may reduce the occurrence of nursing home abuse?

South Carolina – February 5, 2021 Resident Bill of Rights. Nursing home residents have rights under federal and state law, and attorneys at McDougall Law Firm can explain the impact of those rights on legal actions necessary for families…
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Who is ultimately responsible for nursing home abuse in South Carolina?

South Carolina – February 5, 2021 Vicarious liability. When abuse or neglect occurs in the nursing home setting, the facility can be held liable if any of the following played a part in causing harm to a resident or patient: negligent…
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How can authorities help with suspected nursing home negligence in South Carolina?

South Carolina – February 4, 2021 Addressing long term resident abuse. Individual circumstances surrounding nursing home abuse, or deviations from residents’ rights under the federal and state laws will have some bearing on the measure…
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A South Carolina family is suing for wrongful death citing poor COVID-19 infection control.   

South Carolina – January 5, 2021 South Carolina law requires notice to medical facilities and employees who are alleged to have conducted medical malpractice before a formal lawsuit is filed in court.  A resident died at a South Carolina…
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What types of damages are available after proven nursing home abuse in South Carolina. 

South Carolina – January 1, 2021 Residential care facilities.   In the United States, assisted care facilities have been created to address the structured care and services to residents that can no longer safely complete the activities…
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What are the most commons signs of nursing home abuse in South Carolina nursing homes?

South Carolina – December 30, 2020 Standard of care. South Carolina nursing home facilities have standard operating procedures in place that reference state statute, requiring administrative personnel to protect residents.  If residents…
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South Carolina nursing home residents’ legal rights regarding COVID 19 vaccination.

South Carolina – December 21, 2020 South Carolina long term care facilities have started administering their residents and staff with the COVID 19 vaccine.  The rollout includes prioritizing long term care facility residents who have been…
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South Carolina long term care ombudsmen assist residents against abuse and neglect. 

South Carolina – December 7, 2020 Long term care facilities including nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in South Carolina are associated with the long term care ombudsman program in the state that was put into place to investigate…
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How can negligence be just as harmful as abuse in South Carolina nursing homes?

South Carolina – November 30, 2020 Nursing home negligence and abuse are different in many ways, but the outcomes can be just as harmful for South Carolina long term care residents.  The Nursing Home Reform Act under Title IV: of the Omnibus…
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South Carolina nursing homes shortage of staff and PPE is dangerous to residents.

South Carolina – November 30, 2020 AARP nursing home data for South Carolina COVID-19 revealed the highest death rate in the nation for nursing home residents, and was above the national average in key measures that include: resident death…
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Staffing shortages and limited PPE in South Carolina nursing homes cause resident harm.

South Carolina – November 18, 2020 Recent AARP reports reveal that COVID-19 cases and deaths are trending downward in South Carolina nursing homes, but almost 30% of the State’s nursing homes are understaffed and 20% did not have a week’s…
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Will the expedited licensure laws in South Carolina impact nursing home care complaints?

South Carolina – November 6, 2020 The mission of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) is to promote the health, safety, and economic well-being of the public through regulation, licensing, enforcement,…
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Access to COVID-19 federal dollars and South Carolina nursing home resident health.

South Carolina – October 27, 2020 The South Carolina Governor indicated that federal aid would allow movement on the plan to reopen nursing homes to visitors.  The money would facilitate rapid result coronavirus tests to be deployed to…
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South Carolina nursing homes have the highest COVID-19 related mortality rate in the U.S.

South Carolina – October 21, 2020 According to a recent American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) study, South Carolina had the highest death rate per 100 nursing home residents in September. This analysis includes self-reported data…
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South Carolina nursing homes were given clearance to allow outdoor visits as the coronavirus pandemic continued

The state of South Carolina has announced important rules for outdoor visits at assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the state. This will mark the first time that such visits are allowed since the beginning of the pandemic…
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South Carolina Nursing Home residents can once again cautiously visit with loved ones.

After nearly six months of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, people can visit relatives and friends in South Carolina nursing homes and residential care facilities, but there will be no hugs and kisses and they will have to meet outside. …