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Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing and Corporate Control

Nursing Home Abuse: Understaffing and Corporate Control

When the time comes to consider a nursing home, prospective residents and their families strive to find the best accommodations and a facility in which they feel confident placing their trust. However, this trust is not always upheld, with patient care taking a backseat to budget and profit concerns. The widespread understaffing and deteriorating state of elder care facilities in the United States have called into question the management of corporate controllers.

Take the story of Genesis HealthCare, a corporate giant which now owns and operates more than 500 nursing homes throughout the nation. The company came under fire after federal inspections revealed abysmal health and safety conditions in many nursing homes they operate. One location was hit with a $56,000 fine after a patient died of complications stemming from an untreated urinary tract infection. Another facility was reported to be so filthy that the grimy floors pulled the shoes right off an inspector’s feet.

Genesis, which doubled in size over the past several years, is currently the largest owner of elder care facilities in the U.S. However, Federal and state data show that the time frame which saw the company’s explosive growth also saw a massive decline in care standards. Despite the controversy surrounding its facilities, the company has plans to continue its expansion.

Genesis HealthCare is only one of the corporations that worry lawmakers, residents, and families. The buying and selling of nursing homes appear to be booming industries across the country, with residents left to suffer the potentially deadly effects of declining services. Some analysts familiar with the situation have predicted that this trend may continue unless the industry as a whole sees reforms or restructuring. As of now, numerous lawsuits have been filed against nursing home operators across the country.

Attorneys Fighting Nursing Home Abuse

Elder abuse and neglect are a reality for countless victims in South Carolina and across the nation. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of nursing home staff, we want to hear your story. Our Greenville nursing home abuse attorneys can help you to stand up for your rights and put an end to abuse.

Hold nursing homes accountable. Call (864) 408-8890 or schedule a FREE consultation online to speak with an attorney today.


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