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The Facts On Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect In Georgia

Presented by The Law Office of George S. Johnson

Although reports vary, it is estimated that between 4% and 6% of elderly Americans are victims of abuse or neglect. (1)

Types of Neglect in Nursing Homes

  • Basic Needs Neglect
  • Personal Hygiene Neglect
  • Emotional or Social Neglect
  • Medical Neglect
  • Negligent Supervision (2)

Neglect may be a result of understaffing, poor training of staff or inadequate resources.

Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes

  • Physical Abuse
  • Mental Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Financial Exploitation (3)

Acts of abuse may be committed by care providers, other residents or visitors

What are the effects of abuse and neglect in nursing homes?

  • Physical injury
  • Illness or infection
  • Emotional disorders (such as depression)
  • Betrayal of trust
  • Financial difficulties
  • Loss of dignity & security

Victims of abuse have shorter life expectancies than non-abused seniors (1)

Elder abuse is often an "invisible issue"

Just 1 in 6 cases of elder abuse are reported - and that figure drops to 1 in 14 if cases of self-neglect are excluded. (3)

Only 1 in 44 cases of financial exploitation are reported. (4)

Georgia nursing homes are among the most dangerous in the nation!

Over 25 percent of Georgia nursing homes received a 1-star quality rating from the federal Nursing Home Compare. (5)

Key issues in Georgia nursing homes include:

  • Inadequate Direct Care Staffing
  • Poor Health Inspections
  • Inadequate Professional Nurse Staffing (6)

Do you suspect a loved one was abused or neglected?

Contact The Law Office of George S. Johnson.

Decatur Personal Injury Lawyer - Specializing in Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse

Sources:

  1. http://www.preventelderabuse.org/elderabuse/
  2. http://nursinghomeabuseguide.com/negligence/nursing-home-neglect/
  3. https://www.argentum.org/Document.asp?DocID=261
  4. http://www.napsa-now.org/policy-advocacy/exploitation/
  5. http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional/many-georgia-nursing-homes-rated-low-quality/nsHNd/
  6. http://nursinghomereportcards.com/state/ga/
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