‘Horrific’ elder abuse case highlights crackdown on unlicensed facilities
The case started with a tip from concerned Dougherty County citizens. They told authorities that residents of some Albany apartments were approaching people and “begging for food.’’ Those July complaints have culminated in the arrest of three people in what was described Tuesday by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr as a... Read more
Health care largely missing from Deal annual address
Gov. Nathan Deal, in his final State of the State address, announced Thursday that he is recommending $22.9 million in additional funding for children’s mental health services. He based the funding on the work of a state commission on children’s mental health, which recently issued recommendation for improving kids’ services.ie Deal, a... Read more
Nursing home infections: Many facilities have problems, report says
An analysis of federal inspection records has found that 43 percent of Georgia nursing homes have been cited for infection-related problems in recent years. That percentage, though, is one of the lowest among the states, the Kaiser Health News study found. The KHN analysis of four years of federal... Read more
Avoiding tragedies: Police try to make the world safer for dementia patients
Imagine being lost at 3 o’clock in the morning, approaching a house you think is your own, and then being fatally shot. That’s what happened to 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook, a man with Alzheimer’s disease who was mistaken for an intruder in Walker County in 2013. The shooter was a homeowner who... Read more
Irma medical evacuees make it home safe
The last of Georgia’s medical evacuees from Tropical Storm Irma returned home Monday, Public Health officials said. “There were no public health issues that we are aware of during the evacuation or return home,’’ said Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Hundreds in Georgia became medical... Read more

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