Learn The Risk Factors For Assisted Living Abuse
Attorney George S. Johnson is a committed advocate for victims
We place our loved ones in assisted living facilities expecting that they will be in a safe environment with access to the services they need. Unfortunately, for too many Georgia families, that's not the reality. Assisted living abuse and neglect happen far too often, and these acts can have devastating consequences.
Abuse and neglect can happen in any assisted living facility, but some situations carry more risk than others. Learn these risk factors to help keep your loved one safe, and contact us if you have any suspicion that your loved one may be a victim of abuse.
- Understaffing. If an assisted living facility does not have enough staff to take care of its residents, the potential for neglect is high. Moreover, a facility that is understaffed may be less discerning in its hiring and training of staff. Dangerous staff members may be hired without a background check, or undertrained staff may be entrusted with high-priority tasks such as medication administration. Finally, high stress levels among staff are strongly correlated with potential abuse.
- Isolation. Part of the purpose of an assisted living facility, as opposed to a nursing home, is to provide residents with a high degree of independence. However, not all residents actually have the opportunity to take advantage of that independence. Seniors who are isolated from family, friends and the community are at elevated risk of abuse.
- Cognitive Health. Residents with certain medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia are more likely to be victims of abuse. That’s because they’re perceived as more vulnerable victims. They are less likely to be able to remember details about what happened, and even if they can, they may have trouble communicating.
- Environment. There may be a link between the overall level of cleanliness and maintenance of the assisted living facility and the risk of abuse. In a dirty, poorly maintained facility, the staff may not be properly trained or supervised, or they may simply be overworked. Inappropriate behavior on the part of staff may be tolerated. In short, if it looks as though the staff members aren’t responsible for their workplace, they may also act irresponsibly toward the people in their care.
If you have any reason to suspect that your loved one may have been abused or neglected in an assisted living facility, you need to contact The Law Office of George S. Johnson. We specialize in helping victims of abuse in long-term care facilities.
Remember, the sooner you get an attorney on your side, the sooner we can get to work to keep your loved one safe and help you rebuild your life. Call (866) 904-6653 today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.