If you have been following our blog on nursing home abuse, you know that retirement facilities are required to meet standards established by the federal government. These guidelines set forth provisions to ensure that nursing home staff meets physical, medical and emotional needs residents may have. While such measures have been helpful, guidelines of this type have been on the books for quite some time, and new legislation designed to further the protection of residents has been blocked in Congress.
Most people know that the State of Georgia has laws in place to protect the rights of residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. What many people may not realize, however, is that the U.S. Congress passed a federal law in 1987. The federal laws serve as the basis for minimum care standards that Georgia uses as the basis for nursing home abuse cases.