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2 Cases of Terrible Treatment of the Elderly in South Carolina

September 30, 2019

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t need an elder abuse lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina. The thought of people purposely hurting an older person is enough to make you sick. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.

When someone decides to work in nursing or medicine, you would hope they have a passion for helping people. In order to enjoy a long career in this field, you have to be a compassionate person. Otherwise, there would be no reward. People who work in nursing homes and assisted living facilities need patience. They also need a sense of respect for the elderly.

This is what gives some of us peace of mind when we decide it’s time to move our loved ones into a nursing home. If we can count on the staff to take good care of our parents, we don’t feel so terrible about moving them into a home. So, when we find out that the very people in charge of caring for our loved ones are hurting them, we get angry. We want justice. And, this is when we realize we need to call an elder abuse lawyer in Columbia, South Carolina.

Here are two examples of nursing homes in South Carolina that have been accused of abusing their residents. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of neglect or abuse, you have to call an experienced elder abuse lawyer in Columbia.

89 Year Old Woman Abused in Greenville

It can be hard to prove that your loved one is being abused. Nobody wants to believe that a staff member would intentionally hurt their patient. We would like to think that nursing home staff would make sure residents are safe from other residents. But, that doesn’t always seem to be the case.

A man had moved his 89-year old mother into the Rolling Green Village Memory Care assisted living facility in Greenville. For months, he was suspicious that his mother wasn’t being treated properly. So, the man planted a camera into his mother’s room.

After watching some of the footage, the man’s worst fears were confirmed. Like most of the residents at this facility, the man’s mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. She was confused a lot of the time. When the nursing staff told her she had to get a shower, she would get scared or confused. She was in a strange place, with strange people telling her she had to get naked and get into a shower.

The staff members got frustrated with the woman. Two nursing assistants, Diana Garrett, aged 37, and Stephanie Lowden, aged 50, took it upon themselves to force the woman into the shower. After yelling at her and screaming, they physically forced her into the shower.

The woman suffered from fear, anxiety, and confusion as a result of their actions. They were both arrested and charged with the crime of abuse against a vulnerable adult. They were both also let go. The woman’s son has since filed suit against the nursing home. The case is still pending.

State Home Charged with Neglect and Abuse

Even State run facilities seem to be guilty of neglect and abuse. A company called HMR Veterans Services is paid $35 million per year to run two nursing homes on behalf of the Veteran’s Association. You would think this would be incentive enough to treat their patients right. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Over the course of three years, an investigation into the homes run by HMR found at least 16 counts of neglect and abuse. The problem was not just that the abuse happened, but that the nursing home had absolutely no policy in place to prevent abuse. They conducted no investigation into complaints of abuse and neglect. They simply allowed patients and residents to suffer.

While all of the incidents of abuse at the HMR homes seem to have been committed by other residents, the nursing home is still liable. The state has shut down the homes given their blatant noncompliance. We imagine the families of these residents have already (or will) file suit against both HMR and the State.

If your family member has been the victim of abuse, you should contact an experienced elder abuse lawyer at Connell Law Firm today. They will do the work necessary to prove liability. They will also get your loved one the compensation they deserve.