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The Georgia Department of Human Resources has been busy investigating serious safety infractions at several Sunrise Senior Living facilities in the Atlanta, GA metro area. According to an investigation initiated by CBS Atlanta News, problems abound at this national chain of assisted living facilities.
CBS Atlanta News began to scrutinize patient care at Sunrise facilities after a scabies outbreak at Sunrise in Dunwoody. The television station’s investigation further revealed:
Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody; Staff at Brighton Gardens were cited for failing to follow protocol for emergency situations after staff failed to implement CPR for an unresponsive patient who wished to be resuscitated. State authorities imposed a $1,000 per day fine against the facility until changes were made.
Sunrise of Decatur: Georgia investigators fined the facility $601 after they determined the facility failed to provide protective care and watchful oversight of a patient.
Brighton Gardens of Vinings; The assisted living facility was fined $300 for failing to provide individual residents with protective care and watchful oversight.
Although many assisted living facilities provide similar care as their nursing home counterparts, in many states they still remain loosely regulated. Hopefully, as more information regarding safety violations becomes public, there will be a demand for increased regulation and transparency.