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Nursing Home Abuse Becomes Focus of New Federal Initiative

How can I protect my loved one who resides in a nursing home from abuse?

Rampant abuse at one Georgia nursing home has shed light on the immense problem of nursing home neglect and, in part, spurred the creation of a new Department of Justice initiative.  Patients residing in nursing homes owned by a Sandy Springs couple were subjected starvation, inhumane conditions, filthy facilities, gross neglect, and other atrocities for years before the facility was finally shut down following the death of one resident.  The local community was horrified to learn that elderly residents were forced to suffer for so long before the abusers were ultimately brought to justice.

To prevent longstanding cases of neglect and abuse like this occurring across the United States, the U.S Department of Justice has assembled an Elder Justice Task Force in 10 states, including Georgia.  The taskforce will target nursing home facilities that subject residents to abuse or financial exploitation.  By bringing together local law enforcement, prosecutors, the Department of Health and Human Services, and related agencies, the goal of the initiative is to quickly identify nursing homes that jeopardize the safety and health of residents so that the problem is immediately corrected.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

If your loved one resides in nursing home care, there are steps you can take to help prevent them from becoming the victim of neglect or abuse.  Perhaps your most important role will be to visit your relative and visit often.  By coming in frequently, at unexpected times, you may be able to spot signs of abuse early on.  Potential signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Bed sores
  • Dehydration
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Sudden disorientation or confusion
  • Unexplained bruises or cuts
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Fear of certain caregivers
  • Missing personal items
  • Changes to financial documents
  • Missing funds

It is important that you take action if you suspect abuse is occurring.  Consult with a Georgia nursing home abuse and neglect attorney as soon as possible to protect your loved one.  Your attorney can help you to end the abuse and seek compensation for the injuries your loved one suffered at the hands of the negligent nursing home facility.

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