According to a recent report, North Carolina nursing homes rank 17th in the country according to the number of serious deficiencies reported per nursing home.The ranking reveals that out of the 418 nursing homes in NC, 86 homes were cited for serious deficiencies. North Carolina’s rate was .44 incidents per home.
While North Carolina’s ranking was much better than Kentucky, which was rated the worst state for nursing home deficiencies (1.45 per facility), it still has a long way to go to be among the best states. Delaware, North Dakota and Hawaii each saw less than .02 incidents per nursing home facility. Neighboring South Carolina had serious problems according to the data gathered by ProPublica. Out of 189 facilities 30 were found to have serious deficiencies. This came to 1.04 incidents per facility, a level high enough for the state to rank as having the fourth most serious deficiencies per home.
As North Carolina nursing home abuse and injury lawyers we know that most people place their loved ones in adult care because they want them to have the attention, medical support, and care that they need. However, all too often, adult care facilities are plagued with physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and financial nursing home abuse. It can be hard to know what is going on at your loved one's care center since you cannot protect them at all times. However, there are signs you can look for that can act as red flags to the abuse.
Have you noticed any of the following in your loved one who resides in a nursing home?
· Cuts, bruises, broken bones, sprains, or other physical signs that they are being hit or neglected.
· Signs of poor hygiene - dirty hair or soiled sheets, dirty rooms, insect problems.
· Signs of malnutrition or dehydration, or lack of proper amounts of food when you visit during meal times. Weight loss.
If you do have a loved one who was injured by a nursing home don't make the mistake of waiting, contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer right away.