The C.M. Tucker, Jr. Nursing Care Center has agreed to settle allegations of poor care levied on it by the Justice Department following an eight month investigation into the state-run facility. The South Carolina facility houses 360 resident including 70 veterans and residents with long-term psychiatric illnesses.
The Justice Department conducted the report conducted the unannounced investigation under the powers granted it under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. In May, the investigative report was released to the public. Among the conditions cited to in the 36- page report include:
- Staff failing to identify residents with swallowing problems
- Failure to identify infection
- Swallowing problems
- Failing to regularly turn residents at high risk for developing pressure ulcers
- Not providing adequate pain medication
- Not doing enough to prevent falls that cause injury
- Inadequately investigating accusations of abuse
- Unsanitary conditions
According to Grace Chung Becker, acting attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, “[t]his agreement establishes systems to ensure that nursing home residents receive adequate services to meet their needs.” Additionally under the terms set forth between the government and the state; the facility must keep the government informed as to staff training, reporting and evaluation.
The settlement further requires staff to pay special attention to residents weight, food intake, pressure sores, pain management and report all deaths at the facility to the federal agency.
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