The stories are horrifying:
-A resident being severely beaten with a two-by-four board to the point of vomiting blood.
-Residents not receiving medication for over a week.
-A resident who had not had a bath from June until November.
They’re the findings of an investigation called “No Place To Call
Home”. South Carolina’s non-profit watchdog group “Protection and
Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.“released the results of
their 14-month long study of unannounced visits to 150 residential care
facilities in the state.
“Our report is called ‘No Place To Call Home’ because nobody would
want to live in facility that is this bad,“ said an attorney for the group that inspected the assisted living facilities that serve the poorest people.
“You can walk into these facilities and immediately smell strong
odors, urine and other odors, you can go into kitchens and bathrooms
and find that they have not been cleaned,“ she said.
They sent their findings to several state agencies including the
Department of Health and Environmental Control. They claim they didn’t
release the names of the facilities for fear of retaliation against
residents. Instead,they recommended among several things:
For more about this study, read the story.
-Revision of statutes and regulations that allow more enforcement options
-Better accessibility for the public to inspection reports
-The creation of an adult abuse registry of individuals who have substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a
Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the
rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and
abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg,
Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.