South Carolina ranked at the bottom when it comes to nursing home fines. Deciding whether to move your loved one into a nursing home is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. Thankfully, there are a lot of great nursing homes to choose from. That’s why it’s scary to hear that your state ranks at the bottom when it comes to nursing home violations.
A report came out this week that shows that South Carolina is ranked near the bottom when it comes to nursing home deficiencies. A deficiency is when the State or Federal government finds out that a nursing home isn’t treating their patients the way they should.
In a report released, a non-profit agency, they looked at the average fines and violations for nursing homes all over the country. South Carolina ranked #13 when it came to the number of nursing home fines. This means that there are 37 other states where there are less fines and deficiencies issued.
Some of the most common types of violations in South Carolina were:
- Failure to report nursing home abuse and
- Failure to screen patients for mental health disorders
The study found that more than $5 million in fines have been issued in SC since 2016. The average fines is about $45,000.
While the report didn’t come out and name the worst nursing homes in the country, if you dig a little deeper, you can find out. Two of the homes in South Carolina that had the most fines were Fruithealth Blythewood and GM Tucker, both in Columbia.