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According to the official government website for Medicare, about 15,000 certified nursing home facilities operate across the nation. In the past, families searching for a facility for an aging loved one often find it difficult to access adequate information on the quality of care at a specific nursing home.
Fortunately, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services now maintains a database that consumers can use to research nursing homes. The Center provides data to help assess and compare the quality of care at different facilities, which includes reports from recent health and safety inspections.
One of the most important aspects of the database reveals whether nursing homes have had confirmed allegations of resident abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The tool flags facilities with confirmed allegations of abuse with a red warning icon, and supplies links to information regarding the allegation and the penalties and fines potentially or ultimately imposed.
A nursing home cited for abuse, neglect, or other violations must take steps to improve the quality of care for its residents. Unfortunately, across the nation, the vast majority of nursing home abuse and neglect never get reported, which means families researching facilities cannot always know whether their loved ones will end up in harm’s way.
Still, every family can narrow their choices. Conducting diligent and thorough research helps when selecting a facility. So does speaking directly with facility administration about any questions or concerns. It is always appropriate to ask specifically about the steps a nursing home takes to ensure its residence do not suffer abuse or neglect.
Below are the inspection results for NHC Healthcare – Mauldin, one of the many NHC-operated nursing homes in South Carolina. Though the Mauldin facility has a relatively strong record, you can never be too careful in investigating whether any nursing home will take good, responsible care of your loved one. Read on to learn more about what the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows about the NHC Healthcare – Mauldin nursing facility by the nursing home abuse attorneys at Hughey Law Firm.
The Hughey Law Firm has successfully pursued claims against this facility.
NHC Healthcare – Mauldin is a large, for-profit, corporately-owned nursing home facility located at 850 East Butler Road, in Greenville, South Carolina. The facility is certified to offer Medicare and Medicaid and features 180 certified beds independent of a hospital or continuing care retirement community. The facility offers short-term rehabilitation care for patients who are transitioning from the hospital back to their homes. Elderly patients suffering from a heart attack, stroke, surgery, or accidental injury typically require rehabilitation.
The facility also provides long-term care for residents who can no longer live independently. The facility is managed by National HealthCare Corporation (NHC). NHC operates more than 75 skilled nursing centers in the nation.
The facility claims that it offers 24-hour skilled nursing care provided by a team of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants. In addition, the facility claims to provide dietician- and chef-approved meals, comprehensive therapy services at an on-site rehabilitation center, daily assistance with personal living activities, and medication management. Specialty services available include wound care, diabetes management, and care for residents who have Alzheimer’s or dementia.
That’s what the brochure might say, anyway. The question is whether NHC – Healthcare Mauldin lives up to its promises. In our experience, few nursing facilities have spotless inspection histories. NHC Healthcare – Mauldin is no exception. Learn where they failed so you can look for signs of nursing home abuse.
A September 2017 health inspection revealed three deficiencies at NHC – Healthcare Mauldin:
The NHC Healthcare – Mauldin 2018 health inspection revealed three deficiencies:
While health inspections can provide useful information to inform your selection of a facility, you should gather additional information before making a decision. Other ways to investigate the quality of care a facility will provide your loved one include:
Do not stop paying close attention to the operation of a nursing facility after you choose to send your elderly loved one there to reside. Check back with the Medicare website periodically and take note of any updated information, good or bad. Also, visit your loved one as often as practicable and pay attention to any changes in the facility, its staff, or (most importantly) your loved one since your last visit.
If, through keeping yourself up-to-date on your loved one’s care at a facility, you suspect abuse or neglect have occurred or may soon occur, take action. In a circumstance in which you reasonably believe your loved one’s health is in immediate danger, take whatever steps you believe are necessary to move your loved one immediately. In all other circumstances, contact an experienced South Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect attorney.
Why call an attorney? Simply put, because you have a variety of paths you could choose to take in sounding an alarm about suspected abuse or neglect, each of which comes with potential legal and practical complications. An experienced lawyer can help you sort through those options to identify the best way to keep your loved one safe while protecting the full extent of your loved one’s legal and human rights. Choosing a path forward need not take a long time in most cases, so unless you have an immediate need to protect your loved one’s well-being, we encourage you to speak with an attorney before acting.
No family should ever face the horror of realizing a loved one residing in a nursing home has sustained serious, even life-threatening, injuries because of abuse or neglect by facility staff or residents. Since its founding, Hughey Law Firm has committed a significant portion of its legal practice to fighting the scourge of abuse and neglect of elderly South Carolinians who reside at nursing homes. Our senior citizens deserve to live in dignity and to feel respected and looked-after in their nursing facility “home.”
Our first priority in every representation involving suspected abuse or neglect of a nursing home resident is to ensure that person’s health and safety. Then, we work with our clients to identify areas of potential legal liability on the part of nursing home operators, staff, or others, for causing the resident harm.
Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars for clients harmed by abuse and neglect in South Carolina nursing facilities. While there is no guarantee of a financial outcome in any situation such as this, our clients can always rest assured that we take wrongdoing at nursing facilities very seriously, and will pursue and protect their interests to the fullest extent possible.
If your loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, we can help you understand your legal options. Call us at (843) 881-8644 or write to us using our online contact form for your free initial consultation.
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