Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Information

Charleston is both the oldest and fastest growing city in South Carolina. It is home to some of the friendliest people in the nation and a robust senior population that is due to grow in the coming years. The Charleston nursing home abuse attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC believe in the right of our elderly to live out their final years with dignity and have aggressively pursued damages against caregivers and nursing facilities that have failed to provide the quality care that your loved ones deserve. We’ve provided the following information about each of the city’s nursing facilities to help you make more informed decisions about where you choose to place the people you care about.

Charleston Senior Demographics

Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina and its rich history, friendly people and numerous historical landmarks have made it an attractive city to move to and live in. After being named America’s Most Friendly City and the most polite and hospitable city in America; it has seen steady population growth. Its population of just over 120,000 includes over 16,000 senior citizens and thousands of adults over the age of 60 who are rapidly approaching retirement. Seniors looking to maintain healthy lifestyles and active social lives can take advantage of the many programs offered by the Lowcountry Senior Center located at 865 Riverland Drive.

The center offers educational courses on topics of special interest such as learning how to use a computer or taking up hobbies to remain active and engaged. Other programs include health and wellness programs, dance classes, language arts classes, social events and games and group trips. For more information about all of the services and programs offered, you can visit http://www.lowcountryseniorcenter.org or call (843) 762-9555.

Charleston Nursing Homes

Our Charleston nursing home injury lawyers have noticed a national epidemic of nursing home abuse and neglect cases over the last ten years that has coincided with the takeover of many facilities by for profit corporations that place profit first and quality of care second. When it results in the mistreatment of patients, it is important to hold facilities accountable and demand changes to ensure other families do not need to endure what victims and their families already have. We’ve provided the following information from Medicare’s nursing home compare tool to help raise awareness about the concerns specific to each facility and to help you avoid placing your loved ones in facilities that do not provide the care they so rightfully deserve.

For more detailed information on any of the facilities listed, you can visit www.medicare.gov and use their nursing home compare tool to learn more about why each facility has received their grades.

Information on South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across South Carolina to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about these cases here.

SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING HOME FALL SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS
SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING HOME BED SORE SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS
SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING HOME INADEQUATE CARE SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS
SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING HOME ABUSE SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS
SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING HOME MEDICAL ERROR SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS

Heartland of West Ashley Rehab and Nursing Center

1137 Sam Rittenburg Boulevard

Charleston, SC 29407

(843) 763-0233

Ownership— For profit corporation

Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes

Overall Rating— 4 stars out of 5 possible

Primary concerns: While this facility has received a near perfect score for quality measures, its health inspection and staff quality scores are mediocre. Understaffing is often the root cause of neglect or lowered quality of care.

Riverside Health and Rehab

2375 Baker Hosp Boulevard

Charleston, SC 29405

(843) 744-2750

Ownership— For profit corporation

Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes

Overall Rating— 1 star out of 5 possible

Primary concerns: This facility received a single star for its quality measures and has a severely checked health inspection record. Its staff levels could also stand to see improvement as it only received three stars for its staff quality.

NHC Healthcare, Charleston

2230 Ashley Crossing Drive

Charleston, SC 29414

(843) 766-5228

Ownership— For profit corporation

Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Medicare only

Overall Rating— 4 stars out of 5 possible

Primary concerns: This facility has received an above average rating in all areas of assessment. The primary detractor is that it doesn’t accept Medicaid payments.

White Oak Manor- Charleston

9285 Medical Plaza Drive

Charleston, SC 29418

(843) 797-8282

Ownership— For profit corporation

Participates in Medicare/Medicaid: Yes

Overall Rating— 5 stars out of 5 possible

Primary concerns: There are few concerns listed for this facility, which has received the highest overall score in the city. It has a perfect health inspection record but could make improvements to its staff and quality measures.

When to Suspect Abuse or Neglect

Our Charleston nursing home injury lawyers have often been asked when it is most appropriate to launch an investigation into the conduct of caregivers or a facility’s policies. The short answer is that it is better to rule out abuse than to be uncertain of whether your loved one is being treated properly. Victims do not always come forward and if their abusers have threatened them, they could be even more reluctant to make light of their abusers’ actions. If you notice any of the following, you should seek the advice of a qualified legal representative.

  • Your loved one is hospitalized due to malnutrition or dehydration. When nursing facilities reduce their staff levels to reduce overhead, it can make it difficult for staff members to attend to the needs of everyone. There have been instances where patients are not fed or do not receive the assistance they require when eating or drinking.
  • Your loved one develops bedsores, which are easily prevented merely through moving patients every two to three hours.
  • Your loved one develops an unexplained infection. Unsanitary measures to prepare food, an unclean environment and poor hygienic measures can result in the spread of disease.
  • You notice physical marks on your loved one’s body. The most common locations for these marks to present are the wrists or ankles due to methods used to restrain patients. Marks elsewhere can signal physical or sexual assault.
  • Your loved one begins to act differently. He or she may become irritable, depressed or experience severe mood swings. The refusal to speak in the presence of caregivers is a huge red flag, as the caregiver may be threatening your loved one in order to keep him or her quiet.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a nationally renowned personal injury law firm that has a staff of specially trained Charleston nursing home abuse attorneys who have extensive experience with nursing home neglect and mistreatment. We’ve represented the needs and interests of thousands of clients who have suffered the same types of injuries your loved one may have been subjected to, so if you suspect your loved one is being mistreated, we can help. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation so that we can review your legal options and collect the information we need to begin a thorough investigation into how your loved one’s care is being addressed. If we fail to collect compensation on your behalf, our services won’t cost a thing.

For additional information on South Carolina laws and information on nursing homes look here.

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