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Northeast Cobb County Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys

Cobb GA Nursing Home Ratings GraphOur Northeast Cobb County nursing home abuse & neglect attorneys have seen a substantial increase in the number of cases involving mistreatment, abuse, and neglect in nursing homes throughout Georgia.

More than likely there are many more cases that are not reported by victims or detected by family members and friends of loved ones harmed by their caregivers or other residents in the facility.

Medicare regularly collects information on every nursing home in Cobb County based on data gathered through inspections, surveys, and investigations.

The publicly available database reveals that investigators found serious deficiencies and violations at six (43%) of the fourteen Cobb County facilities that cause injury or wrongful death of residents.

Did your family member suffer harm through mistreatment, neglect, or abuse while living in a nursing facility in Cobb County?

If so, let our team of dedicated lawyers protect your loved ones rights today. We urge you to contact the Georgia nursing home abuse & neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) to schedule a free case evaluation.

Let us explain your legal options for filing and resolving a claim for compensation for nursing home neglect and abuse.

Out of the more than 185,000 residents living throughout Cobb County, nearly 25,000 are retirees. This includes senior citizens living in Marietta, East Cobb, Kennesaw, Mableton, Powder Springs, Fair Oaks, Sandy Plains, Acworth, Austell, and Roswell.

The number of elderly individuals in the communities of Cobb County has risen dramatically in the last few decades compared to NE Atlanta, GA as many baby boomers enter their retirement years.

The rising numbers of retirees have put a significant burden on the caregiving facilities throughout all of Cobb County, many of whom are ill-equipped to handle the crowded conditions.

In addition, there are only a limited number of available registered nurses, certified nurse assistants, licensed practical nurses, and nurses’ aides available to fill much-needed positions.

The lack of adequate staffing and ability to only hire less qualified medical professionals has resulted in an increased number of cases involving nursing home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of elderly residents.

Northeast Cobb County, GA Nursing Home Abuse Safety Concerns

The Cobb County nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC have served as legal advocates to many injured victims throughout the state.

Our experienced Georgia nursing home abuse lawyers have provided legal help to many families in need of placing loved ones in a nursing home that provides the best quality medical healthcare and hygiene assistance.

In addition, our nursing home lawyers review public records on opened investigations, filed complaints, and safety concerns of caregiving facilities statewide.

Comparing Northeast Cobb Area Nursing Facilities

Our Northeast Cobb County nursing home attorneys have detailed the list below outlining those that maintain below average ratings because of health and safety concerns.

In addition, our lawyers have listed their primary concerns with these facilities that include accident hazards, physical punishment, lack of training, inaccurate assessments, not following doctor’s orders, serious medication administration errors, and other problems that have the potential of causing significant harm or injury to residents.

Overall Rating all 14 Nursing Homes

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 (2) Much above average
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 (5) Above average
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 (1) Average
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 (2) Below average
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 (4) Much below average

August 2018

Signature Healthcare of Buckhead

54 Peachtree Park Dr. NE.
NE Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 351-6041

A “For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing home

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Protect Every Resident from Abuse, Physical Punishment or Being Separated from Others

Douglasville Rehabilitation Center

4028 Highway Five
Douglasville, Georgia 30135
(770) 942-7111

A “For-Profit” 246-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That a Patient is Receiving Accurate Assessments by Qualified Health Professionals

East Lake Arbor

304 5th Ave.
Decatur, Georgia 30030
(404) 373-6232

A “For-Profit” 103-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 stars

One Star Rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Residents are Free from Abuse, Physical Punishment or Being Separated from Others Due to Their Behavior

Fairburn Health Care Center

178 West Campbellton St.
Fairburn, Georgia 30213
(770) 964-1320

A “For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Necessary Services According to Doctor’s Orders to Ensure the Patient Maintains Their Highest Well-Being

Roswell Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

1109 Green St.
Roswell, Georgia 30075
(770) 998-1802

A “For-Profit” 268-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 stars

One Star Rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Maintain a Rate of Medication Errors to Less Than Five Percent

Grace Health Care of Tucker

2165 Idlewild Rd.
Tucker, Georgia 30084
(770) 934-3172

A “For-Profit” 136-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

Powder Springs Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Senior Home

3460 Powder Springs Rd.
Powder Springs, Georgia 30127
(770) 439-9199

A “For-Profit” 208-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

2 stars rating

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 stars

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Services to Residents Requiring Special Services Including Respiratory Care

Signature Health Care of Tower Road

26 Tower Rd.
Marietta, Georgia 30060
(770) 422-8912

A “For-Profit” 138-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating caregiving home

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Level of Care that Follows the Resident’s Written Plan to Ensure Their Safety and Well-being

Woodstock Nursing & Rehabilitation Home

105 Arnold Mill Rd.
Woodstock, Georgia 30188
(770) 926-0016

A “For-Profit” 171-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating long-term rehab home

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols to Report and Investigate any Incident of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/08/2015, a notation was made by a government surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “thoroughly investigate and report an allegation of verbal abuse to the State Agency.”

This failure directly affected one resident at the facility.” The deficient practice was noted in an interview with the resident occurring on 01/05/2014 at 1:57 PM. The interview “revealed that [a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)] had argued with the Nurse Supervisor and [a resident at the home] in the presence of [the resident’s] roommate. [The resident] further indicated she felt verbally abused by [the CNA] and that staff was aware of the behavior.”

The Medicare surveyor conducted a 01/06/2015 11:35 AM interview with the facility’s Risk Manager. The interview “revealed the incident with [the resident] occurred on 12/15/2014 and was reviewed in the clinical meeting on 12/16/2014.” However, the facility’s Administrator revealed during a 01/06/2015 3:35 PM interview that “she had assumed the incident on 12/15/2014 was between two employees, not with a resident.” Additionally, “the facility could not provide evidence that a thorough investigation into [the resident’s] allegation of verbal abuse had been conducted or that the allegation had been reported to the State Survey agency until 01/07/2015.”

Our Woodstock nursing home abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols of reporting and investigating any act of neglect or mistreatment of residents violate government regulations.

The deficient practice of not reporting or investigating the alleged act of verbal home abuse might be considered additional abuse or negligence against the resident. The failure does not follow established procedures and protocols adopted by the Woodstock Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and violates state and federal nursing home caregiving regulations.

Canton Nursing Center

321 Hospital Rd.
Canton, Georgia 30114
(770) 479-8791

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating caregiving facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

One Star Rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Nurses’ Aides Have the Skills and Techniques Necessary to Provide the Healthcare to Meet Residents Needs

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/23/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a regulatory investigator concerning the caregiving facility’s failure to “ensure that a Certified Nurse Assistant demonstrated competency during incontinent care for [a resident at the facility] who require two-person assist.” The failure “resulted in a fall.”

The deficient practice was noted after a review of the caregiving facility’s Quarterly Minimum Data Set Assessment dated 01/19/2015 that identified a resident “was totally dependent on 2+ persons for bed mobility and toilet use. In addition, the resident status sheet for [the resident] specifies the resident be positioned with the assistance of two staff.

The Medicare surveyor conducted a full review of the resident’s incident report dated 04/17/2015 where the fall was documented that “the resident slipped off of the bed while being change, further documenting that the CNA stated that while removing the resident’s brief, the resident must have been too close to the edge.”

 However, the Employee Discipline Report referenced the CNA and the 04/17/2000 fall event involving the resident that “documented that [the CNA] had changed the resident alone instead of with the assistance of another staff person as required. This report documented that [the CNA] was re-educated regarding resident flow sheet use.

The Medicare surveyor conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nurses on 04/23/2015, where the Director “stated that CNA staff were to follow Resident Status Sheets as trained. [The Director] acknowledges that the Resident Status Sheet for [the injured resident] specifies two-person assistance at all times with positioning and Activities of Daily Living [needs, but that the CNA] provided [healthcare to the injured resident] without assistance.”

Our Canton nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow Resident Status Sheets that indicate the number of nurse aides required for incontinence care and repositioning might be considered negligent, especially if the deficient practice harms the resident.

Additionally, the failure violates government nursing home regulations and does not follow the established policies, procedures, and protocols adopted by the Canton Nursing Center.

Steps to Prevent Neglect and Abuse Occurring in Nursing Facilities

After placing a loved one in a nursing home, many families serve as their legal advocates trusting that continually watching what the nursing facility does will prevent any abuse, neglect, or mistreatment from occurring.

Unfortunately, many of the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are difficult to detect and may not be apparent because the loved one is unable to verbalize what is going on.

However, there are significant ways to identify not so obvious signs of abuse and neglect happening at the senior home. Some of these include:

  • Any indicator of developing bedsores or degrading bedsores that were acquired after the resident was admitted to the nursing home;
  • Signs that a loved one has been overmedicated or given too much sedating medicine that might be used to chemically restrain or control them;
  • Not providing the resident the right to make choices on whether they want to be resuscitated or not during an event where they might require resuscitation;
  • Less detectable physical signs of nursing home abuse including unexplainable bruising, lacerations, or broken bones;
  • Dangerous or hazardous conditions inside caregiving senior facilities that might place residents at risk for falling, such as slippery floors, broken steps, or defective handrails;
  • Nursing staff failing to follow procedures and protocols to prevent the spread of infection from one resident to another;
  • Failing to follow procedures and protocols when administering medications to minimize the potential of an error;
  • Failing to develop effective protocols, policies, and procedures to prevent residents from eloping or wandering away from the facility;
  • Any sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Indicators of malnourishment or dehydration when the resident is not provided any access to food or water

If you suspect your loved one has been victimized by caregivers or other residents at the facility it is crucial to take effective immediate steps to stop the harm now. However, speaking to authorities might be challenging.

Because of that many families choose to hire personal injury lawyers who specialize in nursing home abuse claims. Having an injury attorney on your side can ensure that all legal steps are taken to stop the harm and proactive measures that might include moving your loved one to a new facility happen as quickly as possible.

Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer for a Free Consultation

The Northeast Cobb County nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center LLC represent victims of caregiving mistreatment or neglect throughout Georgia.

Our team of experienced Georgia nursing home abuse and personal injury lawyers can provide legal advice, open an investigation immediately, and provide numerous options to hold caregivers, supervisors, and administrators legally and financially accountable.

Your Georgia personal injury lawyer can build a solid case to ensure you or your loved one receive financial recompense for your damages, injuries, or harm.

For immediate legal assistance, we encourage you or your family member to contact us. With our nursing home abuse law offices today for a free consultation. Call (800) 926-7565 to schedule your free, no-obligation full case review with an experienced attorney. All information you share remains confidential.

Every affiliate personal injury lawyer accepts Georgia nursing home abuse claims, personal injury claims, accident cases, and wrongful death lawsuits on contingency. This means your nursing home abuse lawyer provides immediate legal representation and is only paid for their services once an out-of-court settlement is negotiated, or a jury award is made at the conclusion of your successful lawsuit trial.

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