South Carolina

Key Findings

  • South Carolina’s improved its national nursing home ranking to #14, up from #17 last year.
  • South Carolina languished in staffing mediocrity, failing to score an above average grade in all but one statistical measure.
  • More than 25 percent South Carolina’s nursing home inspections were deficiency free—a 10 percent increase over the previous year and one of the best records in the nation.
  • The percentage of facilities with severe deficiencies declined nearly 8 percent over the last year, meaning fewer cases of abuse and neglect of residents.
  • South Carolina ranked among the lowest in verified ombudsman complaints in contrast to the state’s mediocre staffing and severe deficiency scores.
  • South Carolina nursing home care ranks second out of the Southeast region’s eight states.
Criteria2014
Data
2014
Grade
2014
Rank
2013
Rank
2013
Grade
2013
Data
Direct Care Staffing Above Average73.54%C27 26C64.64%
Direct Care Staffing Hours per Resident2.53C25 24C2.50
Facilities With Deficiencies74.07%A4 11B84.13%
Facilities With Severe Deficiencies16.93%C25 36D24.34%
Health Inspections Above Average39.68%F42 16B35.11%
Professional Nurse Staffing Above Average56.08%D32 33D47.51%
Professional Nursing Hours per Resident1.77B12 28C0.79
Verified Ombudsman Complaints46.34%A6 4A46.82%