Posted in Nursing Home Abuse on September 12, 2019
Nobody should ever have to worry about their loved ones being abused or neglected in a Georgia nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are a problem in this state. It is important that you know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse as well as how to report it to authorities.
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, call the Georgia Department of Community Heath’s Healthcare Facility Regulation (HFR) division at 800-878-6442.
On their website, you can also find instructions about how to file an official complaint. The complaint page will ask for your information, the information of the victim of the suspected abuse, information about the facility you are filing the complaint about, as well as detailed information about the complaint.
The HFR “is responsible for health care planning, licensing, certification and oversight of various healthcare facilities and services in Georgia.” This agency is supposed to investigate all complaints and make quick decisions regarding the health of facility residents.
There are various types of abuse that take place in nursing homes. Elder abuse happens in both physical and non-physical forms and is not always easy to detect. Abuse can include:
Friends and family members of those in a nursing home should always be on the lookout for signs that abuse or neglect is taking place. Signs of physical abuse can include:
You should also look out for behavioral signs of abuse. This can include sudden changes in personality, depression, and anxiety. Signs of neglect often include things like dirty clothing or bed linens, dirty rooms, dehydration, sudden weight loss, and more.
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