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ABUSE OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA LEADS TO FEDERAL CRACKDOWN

Posted on - Friday, October 7, 2016 under Nursing Home Abuse ABUSE OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA LEADS TO FEDERAL CRACKDOWN

The horrific and inexcusable abuse of seniors in nursing homes can take many forms. It can, of course, involve physical injuries. But all too often – and often harder to detect – is emotional and psychological abuse caused by irresponsible and contemptible nursing home staff. One such form of abuse that is now getting serious attention from federal regulators is the unauthorized taking and posting of embarrassing or demeaning pictures of nursing home residents on social media sites.

A series of reports by investigators at ProPublica found widespread and documented cases of nursing home employees taking demeaning photographs and videos of residents and posting them on social media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. These included pictures and videos of residents who were naked, covered in feces, or even deceased.

In response to such outrageous conduct, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees nursing homes, sent a memo to state health departments responsible for nursing home safety, including Georgia’s, advising them that they should begin ensuring that all nursing homes and assisted living facilities have policies prohibiting staff from taking demeaning photos of residents. Additionally, the memo instructs state regulators to quickly investigate such complaints and report offending workers to state licensing agencies for investigation and discipline.

No form of nursing home abuse should be tolerated. At The Parian Law Firm in metro Atlanta, we are committed to ensuring that all seniors are treated with care and respect. When nursing homes and their employees cause seniors harm – including harm to the dignity and privacy, we hold them accountable and seek compensation for the damage they have done.

Parian Law Firm: Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Should you have any concerns about the type or the quality of the care your loved one is receiving while a resident in a nursing home, you should report your concerns to the appropriate Georgia Health Department. Once you have done this, you may want to consider contacting an experienced nursing home abuse attorney for additional guidance and information.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, please contact us at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with a member of our staff today. We can discuss your situation, evaluate your potential claim, and advise you of your options. The attorneys at Parian Law Firm look forward to assisting you.