What is Considered Neglect in a Georgia Nursing Home?
The biggest difference between nursing home abuse vs. nursing home neglect is intent. Nursing home abuse is when a caregiver intentionally harms a resident, while nursing home neglect is when a caregiver fails to perform their job, or gives residents sub-standard care, that results in some type of harm to the resident.
What are Some Examples of Georgia Nursing Home Neglect?
- Personal Hygiene
When a nursing home resident doesn’t receive adequate help with hygienic activities such as bathing, doing their laundry, cleaning their surroundings, or brushing their teeth, this is considered neglect.
When a nursing home resident is isolated or left alone for extended periods of time, ignored, or demeaned in any way, this is considered emotional neglect.
- Basic Needs
As human beings, we have fundamental needs such as a clean environment, adequate food and water, heat and air conditioning, and clothing. When these needs aren’t met in a nursing home, it’s considered neglect.
Elderly people deserve proper attention when it comes to medical care. Whether it’s administering proper medication, tending to physical ailments such as infections or disease, or paying close attention to someone who suffers from diabetes or limited mobility, nursing home residents in Georgia deserve proper medical care. When a caregiver or physician fails to provide adequate medical care to a nursing home patient, this is considered neglect.
How to Report Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect in Georgia
You can report nursing home abuse or neglect in Georgia to the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. There’s an online form on the department’s website, or you can call the Georgia Department of Community Health Healthcare Facility Regulation department toll-free at 1-800-878-6442. If you suspect your loved one has been abused and is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police department to file a report.
If you suspect your loved one has suffered any type of neglect at the hands of a caregiver, contact Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley today at (706) 354-4000.