State admits to slow pace in addressing nursing home complaints
Georgia is dealing with a large backlog of complaints about nursing homes, and also has a substantial vacancy rate in surveyors who check conditions in these facilities, a state health agency said Tuesday. The complaint situation has helped lead to “a mess’’ with federal health officials, Frank Berry, commissioner... Read more
Hospice care improves quality of life at the end of the journey
Surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande writes that he never learned about mortality in medical school. He learned to examine, prescribe and operate, but not how to help patients die well. It wasn’t until he was a practicing surgeon that he confronted the idea of a “good” death —... Read more
Nursing home company’s problems pile up in Georgia
A financially troubled company, which has closed five nursing homes in Georgia, one as recently as June, has been cited by federal regulators for multiple problems for a facility it still operates in Eastman. Residents of Eastman Healthcare & Rehab, in south-central Georgia, have dealt with sewage backups, unsafe... Read more
A star with no luster: Many Ga. nursing homes get low rating
One in four Georgia nursing homes received the lowest rating – one star – in the latest federal quality rankings of long-term care facilities in the United States. The 27.6 percent of one-star nursing homes in Georgia ranks the state second in the Southeast. Louisiana, with 28.8 percent, was... Read more
Memory care: Special help for those with dementia
An estimated 130,000 Georgians have Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, and the number is expected to increase greatly over the next decade. This growth has led to the creation of memory care units within residential care facilities. These units deliver specialized services to residents with dementia. Ideally, all... Read more

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