Assisted Living Communities are often ill prepared to meet the changing needs of their residents. I handle many assisted living cases, often involving residents who are not appropriate candidates for assisted living. As a South Carolina assisted living abuse lawyer, I have seen time after time when ALF operators fail to comply with state regulations, as well as their own policies and procedures. South Carolina assisted living neglect lawyers at Hughey Law Firm can help you with your claim. We have resolved assisted living cases in the past ten days for $200,000.00, $150,000.00, and $150,000.00. Each involved failures on the part of the assisted living facility. We handle South Carolina assisted living wrongful death lawsuits,
An article, Assisted Living 2.0 from Long Term Living Magazine admits the failures of ALFs, noting many were not built to adapt to residents’ changing needs:
Assisted living (AL) construction boomed in the 1990s and early 2000s as developers looked at a rapidly aging population and saw a large market and an opportunity unhampered by the obstacles of complicated (and dwindling) reimbursements and skilled nursing regulations. However, as the spry seniors occupying AL suites chose to age in place, they also developed more mobility issues and cognitive challenges, requiring more assistance with activities such as medication management and other activities of daily living. What’s more, with aging comes more incidents of comorbidities, adding another dimension of care required by these seniors.
The developers and operators who launched these successful projects often did not foresee the residents’ desire to stay in place as they declined—and their models were ill-prepared to meet the needs of these frailer residents. “The industry has changed quickly and dramatically over the last five years,” says Rick Matros, CEO of Sabra Senior Health Care REIT, an investor and owner of healthcare facilities across the United States. “The problem is that most assisted living facilities were built by multifamily housing developers, not senior care operators,” he explains, adding, “They weren’t prepared to change as their residents had more issues.” To keep up with residents’ needs, AL operations have had to adjust not only staffing and programming, but the physical environment for these seniors as well.
The fact that a CEO admits this is telling of the industry. We often find those more interested in profits than people, and find that they flat out refuse to comply with South Carolina’s regulations regarding assisted living facilities.