Proposed Elderly Care Bill in Georgia Will Increase Regulations at Nursing Homes
GEORGIA- Gwinnettdailypost.com writes that a bill was recently introduced in Georgia that is aimed at increasing the regulations at nursing homes and similar facilities. The proposed law is a response to the tragic outbreak of coronavirus, which hit long-term care facilities particularly hard. If passed, facilities will have to comply with new and stricter reporting standards.*
The sponsor responsible for the legislation was responding to reports about the neglect of elderly individuals, insufficient care, and financial struggles at many of the state’s facilities.
Facilities that are caught in violation of the new and stricter guidelines will face increased fines under the proposed law. One representative stated that Georgia’s nursing homes have had many problems and that the issues are not isolated to just a few facilities.
The original bill was cleared by the House in February, but it has been modified to add requirements pertaining to reporting positive cases of the coronavirus among residents and staff members.
The virus has killed tens of thousands of nursing home residents across the country, and these vulnerable individuals make up about half of Georgia’s fatalities. The governor has taken steps to ensure that the people in these facilities are being tested and that the staff members are properly cleaning the homes. The state’s National Guard was sent to administer tests in many facilities and to help them clean.
If passed, each facility will be required to have a staff member present to care for every fifteen residents in the daytime. At night, one staff member will be required for every twenty residents. The standards that staff members will be required to meet will also be tightened, including additional specialized training for anyone working with patients who have cognitive conditions.
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