Georgia Nursing Home Abuse
UPDATED: March 5, 2020
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Nursing home violations, including abuse in Georgia nursing homes, is hard to track because often elderly patients are unable or unwilling to report abuse to family members or authorities. As more and more older people enter long-term care facilities, awareness is growing as to the epidemic of abuse, neglect, and negligence in nursing homes.
Abuse on the Rise
CBS News has reported that one in three nursing homes have been cited for abuse-up to and including death. Though national nursing home chains have received the lowest ratings in Georgia and elsewhere, residents of private homes are also at risk. Untrained, overworked, and frustrated staff members may resort to physical or emotional abuse of their elderly wards, who are often too physically or mentally incapacitated to protest or report their injuries to others.
Signs of Elder Abuse
Family members or caretakers of Georgia elders can recognize signs and symptoms of elder abuse, including suddenly withdrawn personality, unexplained bruises or wounds, and unclean conditions or clothing.
Though elder abuse can include physical beating or verbal abuse, neglect can be just as dangerous. According to some reports, neglect accounts for at least 50 percent of elder abuse cases. Bedsores are the top sign of neglect, but unclean conditions, unchanged clothing, and unwashed hair or bodies are other telltale signs. Neglect can exacerbate the onset of health problems and is especially dangerous for patients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's.
Financial exploitation is also common in nursing homes. Caretakers may steal an elderly victim's credit card information, personal effects, or fraudulently bill them for services. Family members of elderly patients in Georgia nursing homes should maintain an awareness of their relative's finances so they can monitor for potential financial abuse.
If Your Elderly Relative Is Abused
If you suspect that your elderly relative is a victim of nursing home abuse, contact the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Office of Regulatory Services, or the Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Then get in touch with an experienced Georgia nursing home abuse attorney. Your Georgia nursing home abuse lawyer can help you file for and obtain damages for nursing home abuse including neglect, medical malpractice, or financial fraud and help you navigate the system while acting as an advocate for the elderly abuse victim.
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