Columbia Nursing Home Neglect & Bed Sore

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The Columbia bedsore injury attorneys of Nursing Home Law Center LLC have represented numerous victims of neglect and abuse in the state of South Carolina. Due to the nature and causes of pressure ulcers and the simplicity of prevention and treatment options in early stages, these wounds are often indicative of systemic neglect linked to understaffing and underinvestment by nursing home administrations in programs meant to ensure that patient needs are acknowledged and addressed. In order to prevent abuse and prosecute cases against negligent nursing facilities, we are happy to provide educational resources and legal advice to anyone who is concerned about the rise in neglect cases or looking to place their loved ones under the care of assisted care facilities.

Columbia Senior Demographics

The city of Columbia is the both the capital and most populous city of South Carolina. Its population is just under 134,000 as of 2015. Estimates place the growth rate of the city at just under 3% for the last five years. Seniors over the age of 65 make up 8.7% of the population at the moment, but there is a large segment of the population that is on the cusp of retirement and may require special services in the near future.

Seniors that are looking to remain physically and socially active have the opportunity to take advantage of programs offered through the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department. These programs include physical activities, educational courses, group events and trips and group sports and games. For more information, you can visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/senior.

How to Avoid Negligent Nursing Homes in Columbia

There are currently 21 nursing homes serving the Columbia area, so residents do have a variety of choices when it comes to placing their loved ones under professional care. It can be nerve-wracking, however, to wonder whether you have chosen the right environment for someone you care about and homes with a history of providing poor care will not reveal their deficiencies when delivering their pitches. Our Columbia bedsore lawyers suggest using the nursing home compare tool offered by Medicare to make your search easier.

This tool helps you avoid the worst facilities by grading every nursing home based on its health inspection history, staff quality and the other quality measures in place to ensure your loved ones’ needs matter. It can also reveal important details, such as whether a facility has been fined or denied federal funding due to negligence. It only took us moments to discover that the Opus Post Acute Rehabilitation center had been subject to over $90,000 in fines over the last three years, for example.

The tool can be accessed by visiting https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.

Why Pressure Ulcers Are Indicators of Abuse in Columbia Nursing Centers

Some caregivers may argue that residents with mobility problems are simply more susceptible to pressure ulcers, but the treatment options available for the prevention and care of bedsores are extremely simple. During intake, patients with poor mobility should be considered high risk for the development of pressure ulcers and provided extra attention as a result. Caregivers can prevent advanced staged sores just by adjusting their positions every several hours and checking for signs of early stage ulcers.

The amount of neglect required for a sore to develop into an open and infected wound is staggering and if conditions are allowed to go that far, it is a reflection on how poorly staffed the facility is or how inattentive staff members are toward their patients. We recommend launching an investigation whenever a patient suffers from an advanced stage sore because while early stage sores are common, they are easy to detect and treat with the amount of attention and care you can reasonably expect.

Allow Us to Investigate Your Columbia Bedsore Claim

Nursing Home Law Center LLC has successfully prosecuted thousands of nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Our experience and knowledge of nursing care laws will provide you with the greatest chance of success if you choose to pursue a lawsuit against your loved one’s nursing home over the manner in which your loved one was treated or denied reasonable care.

Contact us today to arrange your free consultation with an award winning Columbia bedsore injury attorney. Our services will cost you nothing if we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf.

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