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Summer 2020 Issue

A lot has happened in the world since our last newsletter. As we all continue to do our part to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the essential workers and emergency responders who have shown unimaginable selflessness and bravery during these unprecedented times. To all...

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Hundreds of Georgia long-term senior care workers have coronavirus

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp extended the lockdown to June 12, 2020 to all statewide long-term care facilities to help protect those who are most vulnerable to illness. As the state begins easing the lockdown for the general population, however, the virus may continue to circulate throughout the community. The danger nursing residents face during this...

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What causes deadly infections like COVID-19 to break out in nursing homes?

Nursing home residents are among the most susceptible to infectious diseases, especially those caused by viruses. Earlier this year, we saw the devastation in a Washington State nursing home, where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) caused several resident deaths. According to the Washington Post, the outbreak was originally mistaken for a case of influenza. As it...

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Nursing homes and COVID-19: What are your rights?

The coronavirus pandemic has hit residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities hard. Because coronavirus is very contagious and dangerous for seniors and people who have pre-existing medical conditions, residents are especially at risk. News of deaths and serious illness occurring at these long-term facilities in Georgia has been heartbreaking. People who have loved...

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Spring 2020 Issue

Sometimes being an attorney means standing up for and supporting someone who has experienced an unspeakable tragedy. That was the case for our law firm recently, as we helped a rape survivor start to pick up the pieces of their life and help them move toward healing. Kenneth Bowen, who was a former Clayton County...

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Will GA lawmakers reform the senior care system to protect residents with dementia?

Did you know that as many as half the people living in senior residential care facilities in the U.S. suffer from some kind of cognitive decline? That’s according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which in recent months has been publishing an important series about Georgia’s senior care industry. The newspaper reports that those with dementia have...

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Lawmakers and nursing home providers address staffing concerns in nursing homes

We previously weighed in on a federal investigation that revealed the underreporting of staffing at several nursing home facilities. Now, lawmakers seek to remedy the problem with newly introduced legislation, according to McKnight's Long-Term Care News. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) and Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky (Illinois) introduced The Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act under...

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New consumer alert icon aims to help identify nursing home abuse and neglect

The federal government has begun fine-tuning how it tells people about good and bad nursing homes by displaying online a white-on-red hand alert icon. The alert icon is posted for nursing homes that have been cited for incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation. It began showing up on the nursing homes' rating page on United States...

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Unsanitary kitchens and food handling put nursing home residents at risk

Whenever we see a news story about the horrors in America's nursing homes, the focal point is often physical abuse, falls, medication errors, bedsores, and sexual assault. Not as much attention seems to be paid to the cleanliness and safety of nursing home kitchens. Not nearly as much as should be, anyway, according to NBC News....

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