Backlog of nursing home complaints, inspections linked to RN vacancies
State regulators have a backlog of about 200 complaints against nursing homes that need investigation, officials say. A high number of job vacancies for nurse surveyors is a major cause of the complaint backlog, according to the state Department of Community Health. The agency said the unaddressed nursing home... Read more
Some Carolina patients evacuated to Georgia health facilities
Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Georgia are receiving patients evacuating from the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches the Southeastern coast, state officials said Tuesday. Georgia appears likely to escape the brunt of the Category 4 storm as it spins toward landfall. But state health care officials are... Read more
Feds report serious RN shortages at many Georgia nursing homes
An analysis of Medicare data shows that nearly half of Georgia nursing homes recently were found “below average’’ or “much below average’’ in their staffing levels of registered nurses. RNs are the highest-trained caregivers required to be on staff in a nursing home, and they supervise other nurses and... Read more
An advocate and gentleman: Farewell to the man in the cowboy hat
To the casual observer, he was a friendly guy with a cowboy hat who roamed the state Capitol to push legislation to help Georgia’s seniors. But to those who knew him well, Charles “Chuck’’ Ware was the consummate advocate, a man whose work touched countless lives. He passed away recently at... Read more
Alzheimer’s deaths in Georgia show major increase
Georgia’s death toll from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 201 percent since the year 2000, and now exceeds 3,700 people annually. That jump was included in new statistics on the disease released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association at a state Capitol news conference. An estimated 140,000 Georgians are living with Alzheimer’s,... Read more

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