Preventing Elder Abuse In Georgia
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No human being should ever be a victim of physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse. Acts of nursing home abuse and neglect are particularly reprehensible because the victims are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. That's why The Law Office of George S. Johnson is dedicated to preventing abuse from happening and holding those who allow abuse to take place accountable.
The risk factors that lead to abuse and neglect of the elderly are complex, and friends and relatives of vulnerable people need to do their part to help keep their loved ones safe. Here are some ways you can contribute to preventing elder abuse:
- Pre-plan the transition to care. Unfortunately, an elderly person's transition to a nursing home or rehabilitation facility is often done in response to a crisis, with little or no time for planning. Those rapid transitions are a breeding ground for abuse and neglect. If you are considering placing a parent or relative in a nursing home, take the time to plan ahead. Visit the facility and look for any risk factors for abuse, such as poor cleanliness or clearly tired or overworked staff.
- Stay involved with your loved one's care. Maintain open communication with nursing home staff. Be an active participant in treatment planning meetings. Staying involved in your loved one's care will help hold his or her caregivers accountable and create an environment where it is more difficult for abuse or neglect to occur.
- Make unscheduled visits. Statistically, nursing home residents who have frequent visits are much less likely to be abused or neglected than residents who do not. Making those visits at unscheduled and unpredictable times will keep the nursing home staff on their toes - if they don't know you are coming, they can't take steps to conceal potential red flags.
- Follow up immediately on any concerns. If you see any warning signs of abuse or neglect, take action. Report your concerns to the nursing home itself, but don't be satisfied with their response. Document your report so that you have a record in case the nursing home later denies that they were aware of the concern. Depending on the circumstances, you may also need to report the abuse to the police or the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
- Take legal action. If the worst happens and your loved one is abused or neglected in a nursing home, the most important thing you can do is to hold that negligent facility accountable. Contact an experienced attorney specializing in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Taking strong legal action will send a clear message to the facility and prevent other families from suffering the same ordeal.
If you have any reason to suspect that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, take immediate action. Contact the Law Office of George S. Johnson to schedule your free, confidential consultation. Call (866) 904-6653.