From medical concerns to concerns for their welfare, the caretakers for senior adults face numerous challenges. There are times when state agencies must meet these challenges when assisting the elder population. Some of their concerns include abuse and transportation for those unable to drive themselves.
Georgia has two main concerns when it comes to caring for senior adults. Those concerns are doing more to prevent elder abuse and helping seniors who cannot drive get to where they need to go.
Executive Director for the Georgia Council on Aging Kathy Floyd, spent the spring touring the state in order to find out from the people in the trenches what were the main concerns facing the elderly population.
This year, the prevailing concerns for the population revolve around the abuse of seniors. Several requests were received to provide more funding for additional workers and training for those who investigate abuse complaints.
Staffing increases are being recommended for Adult Protective Services as well as for the Office of Public Guardianship. Additionally, more staffing for the Forensics Special Initiatives, the agency who investigates and shuts down unlicensed care facilities, was also recommended.
Another need that was recognized was a need for increased transportation funding. According to the 12 Area Agencies on Aging in Georgia, transportation for seniors is the top unmet need in the state.
Last year, when the same inquiry was carried out, the council was successful in having a top issue addressed and signed into law. The bill expanded the abuse registry to include certified nursing assistants who work in a home setting. This allows family members to check the credentials of those caring for their loved ones.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the “Strong Arm” attorneys at John Foy & Associates and let us fight for you. We may be able to get you the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today.