Few events can be as stressful and agonizing as discovering that somebody you love is being abused or neglected in their current nursing home facility. If you suspect the abuse or neglect of a loved one at the hands of nursing home staff, then please do not hesitate to use the Schenk Smith website to education yourself on your options. Better yet, call us to set up a free consultation.
Abuse and neglect occur in nursing home facilities year round in the United States. Abusive behavior of residents ranges from intentionally withholding food and water to assault and even rape, while negligence leaves many nursing home residents without care, fearful for their lives and at risk for bed-related injuries such as pressure ulcers and falls.
If you’d like to learn more about the difference between neglect and abuse, our website is a great resource. Click here to learn more.
You absolutely can sue on behalf of a loved one if the necessary legal paperwork is filled out and filed. With that said, whether or not you decide to sue will depend on the circumstances of your case. And having an experienced nursing home abuse law firm on hand to review those circumstances is one of the smartest things you can do to help your loved one.
Because of injuries or health issues, elderly individuals aren’t always capable of voicing their wishes or sharing their concerns. Other times, the loved one is no longer with us. So it’s up to a family member or close friend to advocate for them. In some instances, that means making sure your loved one receives the justice they deserve after being abused or neglected in a nearby nursing home.
The Georgia Department of Community Health is the organization which regulates nursing homes in the state of Georgia. The division of the DCH which assesses and licenses these nursing home facilities is the Healthcare Facility Regulation, or HFR.
The federal government also plays some role in the regulation of Georgia healthcare facilities. Laws have been passed by congress protecting senior citizens, and federal regulators do visit facilities from time to time to ensure they’re complying with federal law.
We’ll be providing you with websites and contact information for all relevant regulators in the Douglasville area. You can find them further down in this article.
Schenk Smith LLC has been helping Georgia residents fight back against nursing home neglect and abuse since 2013. Our first priority is your first priority: stop the abuse from continuing as soon as possible. Only then do we work towards a just and fair outcome, either through a settlement or in the courtroom.
In just a few short years, Schenk Smith has helped over a hundred families in Georgia collect millions of dollars in settlements and reparations for wrongs committed by nursing homes across the state. Furthermore, we have helped educate our community by publishing over 100 educational videos on our website, and even hosting our own podcast to help people identify when elder abuse is being committed.
So if you reside in nearby Douglasville or live in the vicinity of Six Flags over Georgia, Sweetwater Creek State Park, or Cobb County Youth Museum, then don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ve got your back.
Douglasville, Georgia is located in Douglas County and has a population of 32,317 residents. Of those, 8.6% are aged 65 and older. This is the community that needs the most support. And it’s the community that we fight for.
Neglect is often much more difficult to spot than abuse. While abuse often manifests itself in physical cuts and bruises and broken bones, neglect can be hidden from view. Only by knowing what to look for you can properly spot neglect, and take action against it.
Here is what you should be on the lookout for:
Physical injuries are a common occurrence in nursing home facilities throughout Georgia. While some are accidental and couldn’t have been avoided, others are purposeful or the due to the negligence of nursing staff.
The most common physical injuries that occur in nursing homes include:
America’s healthcare system has been through a chaotic time. And nowhere is that more apparent than at nursing homes across the country. Unfortunately, nursing homes do not receive anywhere near the amount of publicity that other healthcare topics receive. Perhaps because of that, very little has been done to stop nursing home neglect from happening.
Nursing homes continue to suffer from issues such as cost, a lack of nurses, and poor staff training.
If your loved one was severely injured or passed away at a Douglasville, Georgia nursing home, then we recommend that you act as soon as possible to protect your loved one’s rights.
Georgia Department of Community Health
The Georgia Department of Community Health regulates nursing homes throughout the state. The organization makes sure that nursing homes are complying with its regulations, and is in charge of licensure for all nursing home facilities. The Healthcare Facility Regulation (HFR) is the investigative branch of the DCH.
You can file a complaint with the Georgia Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation online by clicking this link. Here is additional contact information:
Georgia Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation
Complaint Hotline: (800) 878-6442
Complaint Fax: (404) 657-5731
Georgia Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
When a family wishes to make a complaint against a nursing home, the Georgia Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is often one of the first government organizations you’ll want to contact. The Ombudsman program mediates disputes between residents of nursing homes and the nursing homes themselves. Ombudsman officials are allowed to enter nursing home facilities and review them for abusive or neglectful behavior.
You can file a complaint with the Georgia Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman online by clicking on this link. Here is additional contact information:
225 Cameron Road
McDonough, Georgia 30253
If you’re concerned that your loved one has been assaulted in a Georgia nursing home facility, you are within your legal rights to press charges. You have many options in this regard: you can contact the police, the county sheriff, and even the DA’s office.
City of Douglasville Police Department
2083 Fairburn Rd,
Douglasville, GA 30135
Telephone: (770) 920-3010
Douglas County Sheriff
8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd
Douglasville, GA 30134
Telephone: (770) 942-2121
District Attorney’s Office: Douglas Judicial District
8700 Hospital Dr, Main Floor
Douglasville, GA 30134
Telephone: (770) 920-7292
The difficulties of moving your loved one out of a nursing home facility can cause incredible amounts of strain and pressure on everybody involved. We understand how tough the situation can be, which is why we’ve provided a few resources to help you find a facility for your older relative as quickly as possible.
One of the most effective tools for finding and comparing nursing home facilities is Medicare.gov’s nursing home compare website. Click here to go to the Nursing Home Compare Website.
Every nursing home in Georgia has been ranked according to a number of different factors, such as staffing reputation, health inspection rating, overall ratings, and more. Simply enter in your city and the results will come up immediately.
For your convenience, a list of all nursing homes located within Douglasville, Georgia is located below, along with their contact information and inspection scores.
If your loved one has been injured or even assaulted while residing at a nearby nursing home, it is possible, even likely, that the nursing home will attempt to hide the facts from you. One way they do this is by keeping the hospital visit a secret from you. They may also avoid telling you which hospital your loved one visited when they were injured.
There is a reason for this deception. Those very medical records may hold proof that the nursing home neglected or abused your loved one. They may hold the key to a better settlement or even a victory in court. That is why it is so important that we find those records as quickly as possible.
Before you start your search, you’ll need to have one thing ready: a power of attorney over your loved one. Without guardianship over your loved one, it will be very difficult to secure their medical records from the hospital. Once you have it however, you should have no problem attaining them from the staff.
For your convenience, we’ve provided you with a list of hospitals in your local area to help start your search. Links to the hospital websites as well as their phone numbers can be found below.
Telephone: (770) 942-2391
In the unfortunate event that your loved one passed away due to the alleged abuse or neglect of a nursing facility, your first step to a just outcome is to begin the process of setting up an estate in your deceased loved one’s name.
An estate will allow you to manage your family member’s affairs after their death, and even file a lawsuit in their name if you suspect abuse or neglect caused their premature death. An administrator or executor can do all of this and more. But to start the process, you must visit your county’s probate court.
A probate court is where you’ll go to set up an estate in a loved one’s name after their death. Please know that if you have any questions about this process, the attorneys at Schenk Smith are happy to help. In the meantime, we’ve provided the contact information for the Probate Court of Douglas County, which you can find below.
8700 Hospital Dr, Third Floor
Douglasville, GA 30134
Telephone: (770) 920-7249
Helping you find a new nursing home for your loved one is our first priority. This information is taken from the CMS’ Nursing Home Compare Website.
|Douglasville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
4028 Hwy 5
Douglasville, GA 30135
|Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 (Much Below Average)
Number of Beds: 246
Number of Residents: 227
RN hours per resident per day: 19min (GA Avg: 34min)
|Health Inspection Rating: 1 out of 5 (Much Below Average)
Staff Rating: 1 out of 5 (Much Below Average)
Quality Measure Rating: 2 out of 5 (Below Average)
Most Recent Health Inspection Date: 02-15-2018
Number of Health Citations: 1
Average Number of Health Citations in Georgia: 3.2
Number of Complaints in previous 3 years resulting in citation: 20
Federal fines in previous 3 years: 1 ($235,799 on 10-05-2016)
If you believe a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nearby nursing home facility, Schenk Smith can help. Our attorneys are veterans of elder law and we have resolved over a hundred abuse and neglect cases since 2013.
Here are a few more reasons to go with Schenk Smith LLC:
If your loved one was injured or died in a Douglasville, Georgia nursing home, please call us at Schenk Smith (678) 823-7678 for a free consultation. You can also check out hundreds of video FAQs on our website.