Nursing homes in South Carolina decided to close their doors to the public recently to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This has not only resulted in many residents feeling alone and helpless, but it has left many families without a way to physically check in on their aging relatives. While the updated guidelines for visiting nursing home residents aim to keep the vulnerable aging population safe, many families have grown concerned about their loved one’s wellbeing.
With families being restricted from visiting their loved ones, they can’t help but worry that their family members aren’t being treated properly or aren’t being monitored for symptoms closely related to COVID-19. And they have every reason to be concerned. The truth is, nursing home abuse and neglect has been an issue for some time now, and it likely hasn’t been resolved in all facilities. In fact, there are a few facilities in Columbia, SC that were recently cited for abuse and/or received a much below average rating.
We have identified these facilities for you down below.
- Brian Center Nursing Care-St. Andrews
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has given this facility an overall rating of much below average and reported that it has been cited for abuse.
- Magnolia Manor-Columbia
Magnolia Manor received a much below average rating and was also cited for abuse.
- Life Care Center of Columbia
Although this facility was not cited for abuse, it did receive a much below average rating as a result of recent inspections.
While health officials say they are closely monitoring long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, to ensure safety measures are being taken during the COVID-19 outbreak, there may still be some homes that are not complying with the required health and safety standards. Those facilities that fail to follow state and federal guidelines are not only putting their residents at a heightened risk of getting hurt, but also falling ill.
In the event you have a loved one who is living in a nursing home in Columbia, SC and you suspect the nursing home they are living in is not meeting their needs (i.e. they are being neglected) or you feel the staff is taking advantage of their vulnerability, don’t wait to contact the Columbia, SC nursing home lawyers at Louthian Law Firm, P.A. Although South Carolina’s Governor issued an order requiring residents to limit movement outside of their home or place of work, that doesn’t mean you have to sit back and allow your aging family member to receive substandard care. If you think a relative is being mistreated by nursing home staff in South Carolina, our SC nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys are prepared to help you. You can contact us now at 888-316-9040 to discuss your concerns or if you have legal questions you would like answered by a professional.
Louthian Law Firm, P.A. can be reached at:
1116 Blanding Street, #3A
Columbia, SC 29201
Bert Louthian has been practicing law in Columbia with his father, Herb, since 1985. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina, Bert launched his legal career in his father’s firm. With 80 years of legal experience between them, Louthian Law, P.A. remains Family-Owned and Family-Focused.
Bert understands that when life goes wrong – when you or someone you love gets hurt or suffers a loss, it can feel like nothing will ever be right or fair again. He gets up and goes to work every day to prove that feeling wrong – and does everything in his power to make things right again.