Legal Rights of Nursing Home Residents in South Carolina
South Carolina nursing home residents have specific rights and protections granted to them by federal and state government. Laws include the federal Nursing Home Reform Law and the Older Americans Act, and the South Carolina Omnibus Adult Protection Act.
The law requires anyone who knows of the abuse or neglect of an elderly person to report it to authorities.
State officials have the authority to investigate complaints about nursing home abuse and neglect, and to bring civil prosecution and levy financial penalties where wrongdoing is found.