As an Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer, Nichols Injury Law takes pride in fighting for our vulnerable elders and their families. Atlanta has become one of America’s most rapidly aging cities according to Forbes.com. More than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. Seniors represent roughly 15 percent of the overall population now, but this number is projected to rise to 21 percent. By 2050, the number of Americans over 65 will nearly double to 81.7 million. These numbers make it even tougher to know which nursing home is the right one for your family.
You have to be able to trust the employees of nursing homes to provide for the day-to-day needs of your relative. Especially when it involves their medical treatment due to illness. If the nursing home staff is abusive or negligent, then their actions can result in illness, injury, or even wrongful death.
Some signs that your loved one is not receiving proper care in a nursing home include:
In Georgia, and Atlanta in particular, the law mandates at least one registered nurse or licensed nurse be on duty for each eight-hour shift. In addition, the nursing home must have an appropriate number of nursing staff and qualified staff members to meet the needs of the nursing home residents. Additionally, a professional staff consisting of no fewer than one doctor, dentist, and registered nurse is required. Each nursing home resident must have the ability to visit the doctor at least once every thirty days. To ensure that mandatory nutritional meals, specialized foods for individual diets, and snacks are served, a certified and qualified dietician must also be on site. The law further requires that all nursing homes be kept in a habitable condition and must have infection control protocols. Proper sanitation, laundry services, and debris-free residences are mandatory. Unfortunately, it has become a common occurrence that a large number of nursing home residents get sick each year due to negligent sanitation and cleaning procedures.
If you believe that a loved one has been abused while staying in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, please contact the Nichols Injury Law at 678-722-5311. We will fight tirelessly on behalf of your family to get you the proper care, financial compensation, and justice.