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Common Nursing Home Problems in Atlanta

Published on Sep 8, 2017 at 6:03 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Georgia, unfortunately, has some of the worst nursing homes in the country. In the latest 2017 federal nursing home quality ratings report, 1 in every 4 Georgia nursing homes received the lowest possible rating of one star. According to another, older report from 2014, our state ranks #43 in the nation for overall long term care facility quality. Georgia’s nursing homes even rank the lowest between all 8 southeastern states.

Facts like this are saddening and pose a challenge—especially if you’re in the process of placing a loved one in a Georgia nursing home. The facilities around the Atlanta area, specifically, are some of the worst quality-wise within the state. As we can see from this nursing home inspection survey, some of the state’s worst facilities (the ones that suffer from the most deficiencies) are found in the Atlanta area.

Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

Published on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:30 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the elderly population in America is growing exponentially. Following current projected population growth rates, we’re expected to have over 50 million elderly citizens (aged 65+) by the year 2020. By 2050, we’ll have over 80 million elderly residents. These statistics are proof that modern science and medicine have made wonderful impacts on our longevity, but they also prove that long term elderly care needs to quickly become a priority.

Providing satisfactory elderly care on a national level begins at the state level. This means improving nursing homes and other long term care facilities in every state. In Georgia, we have a long way to go until we accomplish this goal. Our state has some of the worst nursing homes in the nation. As we can see from these Georgia nursing home rankings from 2014, Georgia ranks #43 in the nation for overall nursing home quality. Our nursing homes are ranked lowest among all 8 southeast U.S. states, in fact.

Facial Injuries Are Prevalent in Long Term Care Facilities

Published on Jul 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

According to a recent study, last year more than 20,000 nursing home residents in the United States suffered serious injuries to their face.  Most of the injuries resulted from falling and hitting hard surfaces or while getting in and out of bed.   The survey raises concern that nursing home residents are not receiving an adequate level of safety monitoring and care.

With the population aging and nearly 1.4 million people already in United States nursing home facilities, it is important that nursing homes be held accountable when these injuries occur.  Programs that focus on fall prevention aim to protect nursing home residents from these injuries, but alone they are not enough.

Does Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Have a History of Abuse?

Published on Jun 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Does Your Loved One’s Nursing Home Have a History of Abuse?

When placing a family member in an Atlanta nursing home, deciding on the best facility for your loved one can be a challenge. You’ll have a great deal of factors to consider from price range and insurance coverage to medical options, personal care options, location, room size, and more. One factor you also cannot ignore is safety. How do you know the facility you’re choosing is safe?

One of the scariest situations imaginable for someone who’s placing a loved one into a nursing home is the possibility that their loved one may be neglected or abused inside the facility. We can’t always be there to supervise their care, and every week we hear about terrible cases of nursing home abuse or neglect on the news.

Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Published on Sep 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

When someone you love is living in a nursing home, it is assumed that they are properly cared for. However, they may not be receiving the high level of care that they deserve. The sad reality is, Nursing Home Abuse is all too prevalent in today’s society.

There are a few different ways for an elderly person to be abused or neglected at a nursing home facility. Some of the most common forms of Nursing Home Abuse include:

Physical Abuse

This form of abuse is typically the most easily recognizable among nursing home residents. This is because of the obvious physical signs a resident may suffer or exhibit. Some common forms of physical abuse include:

  • Slapping
  • Kicking
  • Punching
  • Unnecessary use of restraints (straps or chains)

Any intentional infliction of physical harm that results in physical pain, bodily injury, or impairment may be considered physical abuse.

How to Protect Your Elderly Loved One From Nursing Home Abuse

Published on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Bey and Associates have decades of experience advocating and protecting individuals and families who have been affected by nursing home abuse in Georgia.

There are six million people above the age of 65 in the United States. Many of those people will require some form of assisted living as they age, which means they may be subjected to some form of abuse, whether it be physical and emotional.

If you have an elderly loved one in an assisted living or nursing home facility, take any signs of abuse very seriously. Do not ever write off signs of abuse as illness, dementia, or their overall frailty.

Caregivers will try to explain their physical or emotional abuse ailments as symptoms of their age, mental deterioration, or previous illnesses. You should never dismiss these signs because of a caregiver’s explanation. Also, be extremely wary if the caregiver often refuses to leave the elder alone in your care.

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