Long-term care facilities in Charleston must do more for residents than meet their medical needs. Federal and state laws protect the rights of nursing home residents. Providers in violation of these rules risk losing Medicaid and Medicare affiliations and may face legal claims alleging elder abuse.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has compiled a considerable amount of information about the abuse of older Americans. A large portion of elder abusers are not strangers to their victims. Sadly, Charleston caregivers and family members are among those who take advantage of the trust and mental and physical frailties of the elderly.
An 80-year-old woman lives in a Charleston neighborhood. The elderly woman appears withdrawn, frail and as unkempt as her property. She has no visitors other than a paid caregiver or family member who drops by a few hours once or twice a week. Is the woman a victim of elder abuse?