Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in Georgia and throughout the nation, with thousands of nursing home residents experiencing abuse each year. Abuse is, obviously, unacceptable, and must be addressed and ceased immediately when it is occurring.
In addition to reporting nursing home abuse to the nursing home supervisor or manager, one of the best ways to deal with suspicions of nursing home abuse is to report the abuse to the state.
When the state is notified, it can open an investigation into the abuse and help to ensure that the abused elderly person is safe. If you suspect nursing home abuse in Georgia, here is an overview regarding how to report a nursing home to the state.
Reporting a Nursing Home to the State – Georgia
If you believe that abuse of your elderly loved one within a nursing home, or another nursing home resident, is occurring, you should not hesitate to report the abuse to the state. You have a few different options for reporting nursing home abuse or/and a specific nursing home facility. These include:
- Filing a complaint with Healthcare Facility Regulation. One of the most direct ways to report a nursing home is to file a complaint with the Georgia Department of Community Health – Healthcare Facility Regulation. You can file the complaint by calling 1-800-878-6442 or you may file the complaint online.
- Georgia Adult Protective Services:If you want to report the abuse of an elderly person, including persons who are not residing within a nursing home, you should contact Georgia Adult Protective Services (APS). You can file a report of abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult by calling 1-866-552-4464 or reporting the abuse online.
- Get local help from your long-term care ombudsman. A long-term care ombudsman is an advocate who is committed to improving the lives of residents of healthcare facilities, namely nursing homes and long-term care facilities. An ombudsman can investigate complaints of abuse or issues affecting patient quality of life, and will ultimately advocate for the rights of any affected residents.
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What Goes Into a Complaint?
If you are reporting nursing home abuse to the state, it’s important that you have evidence to back up your claim. This includes detailed information about the alleged abusive incident or incidents; information about the facility name, phone number, address; and answers as to why the incident has led you to file a report, what the circumstances are surrounding the abuse or neglect; and how you personally learned of the supposed abuse.
Our Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help
Reporting a nursing home to the state is important if nursing home abuse is occurring, and could even ultimately save residents’ lives. If you have questions about reporting a nursing home to the state or taking action when you suspect that abuse is occurring, our lawyers can help.
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