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If you’re looking for a nursing home for your loved one in Bluffton, South Carolina, you want to look at all of the factors involved in what makes a nursing home great for its residents. A vital aspect of this research involves the health and fire safety inspection reports of the facility. Below are the results of recent inspections of NHC Healthcare Bluffton located at 3039 Okatie Highway.
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NHC Healthcare Bluffton is a 120-bed facility in Bluffton, South Carolina. The facility accepts Medicare and Medicaid and it is owned by a for-profit corporation. The facility has been given an above average rating on health inspections by Medicare, an average rating on quality measures, and a below average rating on the amount of staffing time provided to each resident per day.
Staffing measures promise time spent with each resident each day by registered nurses, licensed practical or vocational nurses, nurse aides, and physical therapists. NHC Healthcare Bluffton has an average of 111.6 residents per day, which is higher than the state average of 90.2 residents per day or the national average of 85.7 residents per day. Each resident receives an average of 27 minutes a day with a registered nurse, as compared to an average of 43 minutes in South Carolina and an average of 41 minutes in the United States.
Residents receive around one hour and 13 minutes of the LPN/ LVNs’ time, which is more than the state and national averages. Two hours and 18 minutes of nurse aide time are devoted to each resident each day, which is the national average and about two minutes less than the state average. Residents at NHC Healthcare Bluffton receive 17 minutes of physical therapist time each day.
The facility has not been fined as the result of routine inspections or investigations of complaints in the past three years—but even the best facilities can make mistakes, and when they do, they can injure their residents.
The facility underwent a health inspection in February 2017, in which no deficiencies were found. The average number of deficiencies discovered in health inspections at South Carolina nursing homes during that time frame was 5.4. Nationally, the average number of deficiencies per inspection during that time frame was 7.6.
In May 2018, an inspection revealed EIGHT DEFICIENCIES, including:
The inspection that took place in July 2019 yielded one deficiency for which the facility was not fined. The deficiency was as follows:
NHC Healthcare Bluffton did not have any violations on its past three fire safety inspections, which were conducted on February 8, 2017; May 4, 2018; and July 11, 2019. Nursing homes in South Carolina have an average of 0.5 fire safety deficiencies per inspection. Nationally, the average number of fire safety deficiencies is three.
If you’re concerned about the treatment your loved one has received in a South Carolina nursing home, we would be glad to answer your legal questions. We have helped hundreds of people just like you who have suffered from abuse or neglect at places like NHC Healthcare Bluffton, and we want to help you, too. You can call us at (843) 881-8644 or write to us using our online contact form.
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