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