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Bill of Rights for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Practice Area photoGeorgia law protects the elderly from abuse and neglect in long term care facilities. This Bill of Rights demonstrates the importance of this serious problem and the recognition that it must be stopped wherever and whenever it is found. If you or a loved one is being abused or abused in a long term care facility, you have legal rights. Charles Scholle is a dedicated and compassionate Atlanta lawyer with the ability to assist and guide you and your family. Please contact our law firm for more information on your legal rights.

The extensive statutory scheme located at the Official Code of Georgia section 31-8-100 provides an extensive Bill of Rights for the elderly living in long term care facilities. These provisions that protect the elderly in our state are important for those elders, their families and caregivers. Knowing the rights of our treasured elderly residents can make the difference in their lives. Not only with the quality of life, but with their longevity. Violations of the protections provided to our elders, can lead to grievance rights and additional liability and legal claims that include potential money damages.

Basic rights to which our elders are entitled include things like the right to be a part of social activities, decide which pharmacy is right for them, get up and to the rest room as they wish, decide which physician they want to treat them, be protected against discrimination for such things as their mental condition or their physical condition. They are also entitled to vote in local and federal elections without interference. Have confidential conversations with those who come to see them. And many many other rights.

As we all know, there are times when elderly persons develop conditions that can be challenging for their caregivers. These statutes also provide for the limited circumstances in which a elderly person in the care of a living facility can be restrained for their protection or the protection of others. This must be done through the order of a physician and cannot be used unless there is a threat of imminent danger for the elderly person or others.

If you or someone you know is in need of support please contact our law firm for information about where and how you can get the help you need. Do not allow your family member to suffer, there is help to stop abuse and neglect for our elders.

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