Police have responded to at least 21 dangerous incidents at an Anderson
assisted living facility in the last 5 years. Upstate Residential Care
is located on South McDuffie Street and has been the site for allegations
of rape, residents punching each other, and at least 10 instances of mentally
and physically disabled residents wandering from the facility and being
lost for hours or even days.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control is responsible
for ensuring the safety of residents at assisted living facilities in
South Carolina. Of the incidents stated above, DHEC only has a record
of 4 serious incidents at the assisted living facility in Anderson. Which
incidents were reported are unclear because DHEC only holds reports for
30 days after they have been reviewed and the issues cited have been addressed.
Although Upstate Residential Care has received numerous citations for violations,
the facility has only been fined once, for the amount of $13,400. This
fine was given after inspectors identified at least 33 violations at the
home during a four-month period in 2014.
Conditions at the Facility
Upstate Residential Care is licensed to have 10 residents and usually houses
about eight. Residents at this facility share three bedrooms on an upper
floor of the house. The building is also home to WLAS, a local radio station
that plays R&B, old-school, and gospel music.
Records show that the person who operates the radio station might also
be responsible for taking care of residents who are vulnerable.
Upstate Residential Care is considered a "community residential care
facility” by state regulators. Sometimes called assisted living
facilities, businesses like Upstate Residential Care are often cheaper
and have less regulations than nursing homes.
A spokesperson for DHEC said, “A CRCF offers room and board and a
degree of personal assistance. A CRCF is not a nursing home, which provides
intermediate or skilled nursing care."
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