The Georgia Senate is investigating elder abuse problems. Reports of elder abuse jumped 22% since 2007, according to sources cooperating with the senate. The problem is only expected to get worse as people continue to live longer and require care that family members may be either unable or unwilling to provide. The senate‘s goal is to offer legislation that could curb elder abuse through increased penalties for private individuals and regulations for institutions that offer elder care.

According to information shared at the senate hearing, elder abuse complaints in Georgia grew from 9,000 to 11,000 since 2007. The increase may be due to the growing number of baby boomers reaching retirement age rather than an increase in the rate of abuse. Although the majority of elder abuse appears to be perpetrated by family members, abuse in nursing home facilities is growing as well.

According to the Georgia elder abuse guide distributed by the state ombudsman office, there are several common types of elder abuse including physical, emotional, sexual and financial. Neglect and self-neglect can also be considered forms of abuse. Visiting family members are often the first to notice elder abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Patients may appear fearful, have bedsores or unexplained bruises or fractures, display loss of appetite along with weight loss, or appear unkempt.

If your loved one displays symptoms of elder abuse, speak to the supervisory staff to demand better care. However, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer at Tate Law Group with expertise in nursing home abuse and neglect if your loved one has suffered serious consequences because poor treatment. Filing a lawsuit to recover compensation may provide the funds needed to move your family member to a more caring environment.