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Problems At Nursing Homes & Assisted Living FacilitiesThe above is a news story regarding poor conditions at an assisted living facility in Georgia, but it frankly could occur at any senior care facility— in any location.  While the specific complaints regarding patient care are nothing new– inadequate care, unsanitary conditions, ect., this story provides a needed reminder that residents and their families can not and should not put up with inferior care at a facility of any type.

While the specific circumstances are of course disheartening, I was frankly proud of the residents and their families for voicing their displeasure with the care to officials from the state and to a local television station.

As a lawyer who has represented numerous families in injury cases stemming from poor care at a nursing home or assisted living facility, voicing these complaints is important from both an injury prevention standpoint as well as getting officials involved to documents these conditions in order to impart real change.

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Regulations For Assisted Living Facilities In GeorgiaNew regulations passed by the Georgia General Assembly may help clarify the services that assisted living facilities in Georgia can provide to their residents.  Recognizing an ambiguity in the laws applicable to assisted living facilities, Georgia legislators drew upon similar regulations from Maryland, North Carolina and Oregon to create a more clear cut list of services that assisted living facilities within the state can and cannot provide.

Among the new rules for assisted living facilities in Georgia:

  • Certified medication aides will be allowed to help residents with their prescriptions
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Caretaker Admits To Stealing From ResidentsYvonne Winslow, a Georgia nursing home worker, has been charged with six felony counts including abuse of the elderly after admitting to authorities she stole an elderly couples debit care and used it at several stores in the Savannah, GA area.

The financial abuse of elderly took place at the Savannah Specialty Care Center where Winslow was working as a caretaker.  Winslow has been terminated from the facility and is in jail as she awaits trial.  Read more about this case of financial exploitation of the elderly here.

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