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Georgia’s Nursing Homes Get an “F” for Quality of Care, Increasing Risk of Abuse and Neglect

Posted on - Saturday, June 13, 2015 under Nursing Home Abuse Georgia’s Nursing Homes Get an “F” for Quality of Care, Increasing Risk of Abuse and Neglect

Our seniors deserve to be treated with respect. When an older loved one has been placed in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, they deserve to be cared for with skill, attention, and compassion. They deserve dignity and comfort. Sadly, however, too many seniors suffer from neglect, indifference, negligence, and abuse at the very hands of the people who are supposed to protect them.

Georgia’s Nursing Homes Are Near the Bottom of National Rankings

The statistics regarding the extent of nursing home abuse and neglect are staggering. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse:

During a two-year stretch, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. nursing homes were cited for violations of federal standards that had potential to cause harm or that had caused actual harm to a resident and nearly 1 out of 10 homes had violations that caused residents harm, serious injury, or placed them in jeopardy of death.
In a study of 2,000 interviews of nursing home residents, 44% said they had been abused and 95% said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected.
Over 50% of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating (e.g. physical violence, mental abuse, neglect) older patients within the prior year in one study. Two thirds of those incidents involved neglect.
To make matters worse, Georgia’s nursing homes are rated as some of the worst in the country. The non-profit Families for Better Care (FBC) graded the quality of care at nursing homes in all 50 states. Georgia’s overall nursing home quality grade was an “F,” ranking 43rd in the country. FBC added that Georgia has done “next to nothing to improve the state’s paltry staffing levels as nursing home residents continued to receive less than 2 hours and 15 minutes of direct care daily.”

Understaffing is just one of the many deficiencies that can lead to tragic consequences for nursing home residents. Other potentially disastrous nursing home problems include:

  • Poor staffing
  • Poor facility maintenance and unsanitary conditions
  • Lack of adequate training and education
  • Failure to properly screen candidates for proper medical knowledge and personal temperament

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 give us a call 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. We look forward to assisting you.