When you are looking for a nursing home bed for Mom, Dad, or another loved one, it can be difficult—to say the least—to figure out which place will provide the best and most compassionate care. If you’ve been researching to find which are the best and worst nursing homes in Columbia, SC, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about how to make a decision. Should you choose the nursing home that costs the most? The one with the swankiest lobby? The one that doesn’t have a lot of unpleasant odors? The one where the caregivers smile at you the most?
If you have hard data available and do your homework, it can be easier to choose a nursing home. We have provided data and sources for you here that we hope will be of use.
With the hundreds of nursing homes in South Carolina — many of them right here in Columbia — you may have no idea how to even start the process of finding the right facility for your loved one. You may have heard the horror stories about abuse, neglect, and indifference. And of course you want to make sure your family member is in a place that’s clean and where the staff is compassionate and medically competent. Thankfully, there are resources that can help you find the best — and avoid the worst — nursing homes in the state.
ProPublica has assembled a massive database, with links to Medicare reports, which can help you determine the nursing home in the greater Columbia, SC, area that would best meet your needs. First, the ranking system used needs to be explained. It ranges from L to A, from worst to least hazardous. The number of deficiencies, or violations, is noted in parentheses. Not all ranking levels are defined because not all levels showed up in ratings of nursing homes in our area:
The only violator at this level was the Agape Nursing & Rehab Center in West Columbia. In May, 2015, three deficiencies were reported at the K level. There were multiple citings regarding medication errors, including storing expired and unexpired medications together, a lack of appropriate temperature controls for medications, and other drug control and storage violations. Some residents received expired insulin. $91K fine. This location also had three J-level deficiencies in 2012; no details are available.
There were three recent J-level violators, other than Agape in 2012, as mentioned above:
U.S. News and World Report has assembled a list of some of the best nursing homes in Columbia, SC. Their top ten list follows. Recent deficiency ratings are noted and arise from cross-checking the ProPublica database. None of these facilities were fined.
Unfortunately, in some cases, you get what you pay for. If your funds are limited, or if you are restricted to looking at Medicaid-only homes, it could be wise to review the research links we have listed above. Use your own common sense as well. If something seems off to you, especially if no one will answer questions to your satisfaction, consider not using the facility and perform further research to find another place.
Medicare has a booklet on how to choose a nursing home or long-term care facility. You can also review and compare nursing homes on the Medicare site.
Always listen to your loved one if they claim they have experienced abuse of any kind or any other negative or hurtful situation.
When someone you love has been hurt, it can feel like nothing will ever be right or fair again. When this happens, the South Carolina nursing home injury lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm can review your legal options and work with you to determine the most appropriate next step.
Many of both the best and worst nursing homes in Columbia, SC are part of a larger chain, complete with its own legal department. The nursing home’s lawyers may try to dispute abuse and neglect claims, but we have represented victims of neglect or abuse in retirement homes and we understand how to deal with negligent facilities and the nursing home attorneys who represent them. While a lawsuit cannot heal bedsores or restore someone’s health, a South Carolina nursing home abuse claim can help recover the large sums spent on a neglectful or abusive nursing home, as well as medical bills created by that abuse or neglect. You may also be able to hold the abusers accountable for the pain and suffering they caused.
For a free consultation, call our Columbia nursing home injury attorneys today at 1-803-454-1200, or use our online contact form.