More than 20 current and former employees of a Commerce, Georgia assisted living center for people with Alzheimer's disease are facing dozens of charges after a surprise raid at the facility by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). There were 27 patients living at the facility when the raid occurred.
The owner of Alzheimer's Care of Commerce, which is located, 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, faces more than 70 charges, including elder abuse and neglect, and financial exploit. The GBI launched the three month investigation after receiving numerous complaints from both relatives of patients and other employees. The initial complaint was filed by an employee. Some of the complaints included patients being inhumanely restrained and being hit by employees.
“Information obtained through the investigation indicated that patients were restrained with bed sheets and subjected to inhumane and undignified conditions to include 'double diapering,' which is a practice whereby multiple diapers were placed on the patients at once to keep the staff from changing soiled diapers as often,” the GBI said in a statement. Investigators said the investigation also revealed allegations of physical abuse - such as staff members hitting patients and throwing water on them. The facility also employed caretakers with prior felony convictions, including voluntary manslaughter and identity theft.
Even though criminal charges have been filed, the families of these victims should contact a nursing home abuse attorney to find out what civil action may be taken against the owners of the facility. Our Virginia nursing home abuse law firm has put together a free guide that can help families detect the signs of nursing home abuse and elder care neglect.
GBI Director Vernon Keenan discusses the investigation that resulted in multiple charges against dozens of employees in the photo taken by the Associated Press (AP).