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Georgia Family Wants Answers After Assisted Living Facility Death

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The victim's family claims their grandfather was abused

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are trusted with providing care for seniors. The job of staff members is to meet the needs of residents and treat them with respect. But in too many cases, residents are subjected to nursing home abuse. As a result of this abuse, residents can suffer serious injuries or even death.

A family in Metro Atlanta says their grandfather lost his life after being abused at a Fayetteville assisted living facility two years ago.

Kenneth Broady, 90, died in 2020 at Grady Memorial Hospital. He had been a resident at Heartis Senior Living in Fayetteville.

Two weeks earlier, Broady’s granddaughter Meghan Aguilera said she had received a troubling phone call from the facility. She said she was told there had been an allegation of abuse against the staff toward her grandfather.

Documents obtained from state investigations

According to a police report obtained by Channel 2 Action News, an employee at Heartis notified police after seeing another staff member abuse Broady. The employee told police she heard Broady scream for help and saw two staff members dragging him on the ground by his belt.

Aguilera said her grandfather was forcefully restrained after that incident, and the family was told Broady had “got some bumps and bruises along the way.” Two weeks later, she received a phone call informing her that he had passed away.

She said the family was shocked to learn that Broady’s death certificate showed a broken neck as one of the causes of death. They said his death was premature and could have been avoided.

A state investigation, one of two, determined the facility did not have a proper care plan for Broady, who was a high fall risk, and that there was inadequate staffing and monitoring. The incident two weeks before his death was not reported to the state for three days. An employee told investigators some staff members were very rough with Broady and the facility had failed to ensure he was free from physical abuse.

The facility was fined after the result of a state investigation, but it’s unclear if the fines were paid. The director of the facility declined to comment.

Justice for nursing home abuse victims

Broady’s family said they still have not received details on how he died. They said they are also still waiting to get their grandfather’s belongings and have not received any update on the status of the employees involved in the abuse.

“This cannot happen to anybody else,” Aguilera said.

“There’s great people who work in this industry. There’s great people who work there, but we happen to get the perfect storm of individuals that mismanaged everything that specific night, and it resulted in my grandfather’s death.”

Nursing home or assisted living facility abuse can be difficult to prove. That’s why it’s important to get experienced legal representation. The Law Office of George S. Johnson, LLC has been fighting for the injured and abused for decades.

Attorney George S. Johnson knows how to investigate cases to prove a loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect. He knows how to deal with uncooperative facilities and their insurance companies. He builds strong cases and fights to recover compensation, whether that’s through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.

If you suspect a loved one has been a victim of abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility in Georgia, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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