Watchdog Group Blows Whistle On Assisted Living Facilities For Poor, Cite Horrifying C onditions

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:
-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

For more about this study, read the story.

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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. 


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