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Video reveals abuse of patients by nursing home staff

Georgia families generally spend long hours researching facilities that offer elder care services. Usually, these efforts pay off with the discovery of a nursing home that can provide comprehensive and supportive care for an elderly or disabled relative. Occasionally, however, these efforts fail, and the loved one ends up in what might be termed an "abuse center" instead of a care center.

A family whose relative wound up in such an abuse center in Gordon, Georgia, recently released video clips of the staff abusing their relative. The video shows staff hitting the man with belts, punching him and encouraging other residents of the facility to hit him. The man can be seen crying and asking other residents for help. After the release of the video, the Gordon Police arrested the supposed care giver with battery and abuse and neglect of an elderly person.

The TV station that initially showed the video confirmed that other residents of the home received similar abuse from the center's staff. The station also verified allegations of sexual misconduct between staff and patients. The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health has revoked the center's license after completing an investigation. The abuse victim shown on the video has been moved to another facility and is reportedly doing well.

Most elder care facilities in Georgia are reputable and provide excellent care. Nevertheless, a few unscrupulous operators attempt to bilk the public by misrepresenting their ability to provide quality care. Anyone searching for a suitable elder care facility for a loved one may wish to consult a lawyer knowledgeable in nursing home/Medicaid planning for advice in finding a proper facility.

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