Georgia residents with older family members often spend the time and resources to care for them so they may remain in their homes as they age. However, sometimes physical or mental health issues require the kind of professional care that is only available in a nursing home. Sadly, abuse and neglect are not uncommon issues in nursing homes. It is essential for individuals to understand the signs and symptoms of poor care so that they may take action if necessary.
Sometimes, the people we trust to care for our loved ones end up being unworthy of that trust. At Cromartie Law, we understand it is difficult to believe that experienced, certified caretakers could fail to the extent that they injure their wards. However, we also know that negligent nursing homes, day care centers and doctors in Virginia might use their position of trust in order to discourage people from seeking compensation for injuries. That is why we stand up for our clients and make sure justice is served.
When you did your research to find a reliable nursing home facility in Georgia that met your expectations for a quality standard of care for your loved one, you probably did not picture yourself having to file a complaint about the treatment of your family member. However, since you have begun to notice discrepancies and are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of your loved one, it has become necessary to file a formal complaint.
When families in Georgia put their trust in a nursing home facility to provide care for their loved one, they often hold the staff to high expectations as their family member is important to them. Unfortunately, there are times when certain facilities fail to abide by protocols designed by the law to protect the elderly from abuse and neglect, thus exposing residents to dangerous risks.
Many Georgia individuals have parents or family members who require constant care due to age or medical conditions. While it is sometimes possible for people to care for their family members in their own homes, many conditions require the medical resources of a nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home residents may suffer from injuries or illnesses due to neglect. It is important for residents and their family members to recognize the signs of neglect so they may take action to remedy dangerous situations.
One of the basic expectations you should have of any nursing home or long-term care facility in Rome is that its staff will do everything possible to help your loved one avoid suffering preventable injuries. Slips and falls can happen despite even the best precautions, yet one type of injury that is almost completely preventable is a bedsore. Having entrusted a family member or friend to the care of such a facility, you should know what these are, how to spot them, and how they occur.
In 2017, CNN published a set of articles on nursing home rapes that dominated headlines for months — if not years. The reason so many people in Georgia and the rest of America were appalled is obvious. Sexual crimes are always heinous, but are even more so when the victims are utterly helpless and may not even be able to recognize what is happening to them, much less name their abusers. As awareness increased, it also raised questions about other types of abuse that were rampant in nursing homes.
It is not only Georgia's elderly who are at risk of neglect or abuse in long-term nursing facilities. A 29-year-old resident of such a facility in Arizona had been in a long-term vegetative state for years when she unexpectedly gave birth to a baby last December, shocking her caregivers who had no idea she was pregnant. An investigation yielded sufficient evidence for authorities to arrest a 36-year-old licensed practical nurse employed at the facility on charges of vulnerable adult abuse and sexual assault. That man has now voluntarily surrendered his nursing license.
Every year, many Georgia residents are placed in nursing homes. The expectation is that seniors will live in a safe environment, where they have immediate access to proper medical attention and can enjoy the company of others their own age. However, one recent case of a woman giving birth, while being in a coma for 10 years, has caused the public to consider the prevalence of sexual assault for family members who are being cared for away from home.
Your loved one should not suffer indignities or lose freedoms or privileges just because he or she is making the transition to a Georgia nursing home. In fact, the Georgia Department of Community Health specifically identifies the protections every nursing home resident has in long-term care facilities in the Residents' Bill of Rights.