Greenville County deputies charged two employees from Rolling Green Village Retirement Community after an investigation revealed they had been abusing an 89-year-old resident. The facility has since terminated the two women accused of the abuse. A man was suspicious his 89-year-old mother was being mistreated at the South Carolina nursing home after finding she suffered a number of injuries so he hid a camera in her room and the footage revealed the truth.  The two staff members, Diana Rochelle Garrett and Stephanie Ann Lowden faced abuse of a vulnerable adult charges after using physical force and psychological abuse on the woman, stemming from an incident when she did not want to take a shower. The sheriff’s office said they “believe this to be an isolated incident and have not learned of any additional residents experiencing similar” abuse.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, as overseers of residential community care for seniors, recently provided an icon that reveals nursing homes with reported violations of care on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare website.  The Nursing Home Reform Act under Title IV of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 outlines residential rights,  including services to maintain resident hygiene, provide clean and safe surroundings, offer respectful staff interaction, serve nutritious meals, utilize adequate safety equipment when necessary and offer meaningful activities to all residents.  If these services are not provided, it is a deviation from the laws set out to protect the approximately 1.3 million Americans who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities and could be considered nursing home abuse.

Physical, mental, and verbal abuse.

While there are other common forms of abuse against this vulnerable population, including sexual abuse, involuntary seclusion, and unintentional abuse, in this case, physical, mental, and verbal abuse were evident.

  1. Verbal abuse – The directed use of oral, written language or improper gestures that include critical offensive and belittling terms to residents or their families
  2. Physical abuse – affect control by the threat of corporal punishment, or hitting, pushing or painful restraint.
  3. Mental abuse – humiliation, harassment, punishment or deprivation, and gas lighting.

 Standard of care.

 When sub-standard care results in harm to a resident, or outright corporal abuse occurs, legal action may be taken against a nursing home and/or the treating medical professional because acts of negligence that cause, or exacerbate existing health conditions, or place residents in danger are deviations from NHRA  rights.  Call an experienced attorney at the McDougall Law Offices, to discuss concerns if you believe a loved one is being mistreated at a nursing home in South Carolina.  They can help with reports to state and federal agency reporting and initiate legal action when warranted.

McDougall Law Firm, LLC

115 Lady’s Island Commons
Beaufort, SC 29907

Phone: 843.379.7000

Sources:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/100th-congress/house-bill/3545/titles

https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/About/howcannhchelp.html

 

 

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