There are a number of issues raised in your inquiry. I would suggest you make an appointment with an attorney who has experience in handling nursing home cases. Take whatever documentation you have to the appointment including admission paperwork, POA, living will, medical records, etc.
What is your question? Are you wondering whether you have a claim against the nursing home? There is not enough information to answer that question. If this is something you are interested in pursuing, you should talk to a personal injury attorney in GA who has experience with nursing home cases. They are different than a typical auto accident or slip and fall, so you need someone who is familiar with the nursing home laws.
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I practiced medicine for nearly 20 years before becoming an attorney and I am familiar with nursing home healthcare. In many homes, the nursing staff rule the roost. In such, the nursing home doctor is merely an instrument to get orders written. Your mother's foot sore that became a deep ulcer did not happen overnight and it may have been ignored for days to weeks. Find an attorney well versed in nursing home neglect law and discuss with him/her the details of this case. If there has in fact been neglect, hopefully you will be able to exact a measure of justice.
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It is wrong for a healthcare provider of any sort to tell you as the responsible party that you do not have the right be notified or that you can not participate in decision making. Georgia law on nursing home resident's rights is very clear. As the responsible party, you have the right to participate in the development of the resident's care plan and choose or change physicians for the resident among many other available rights. Contact a nursing home neglect lawyer in Georgia right away, and consider another facility for your Mother if you feel her needs are not being me or that you are not being kept informed as the responsible party. Best of luck.
This is definitely a situation that should be investigated and I would suggest you seek the advice of a lawyer. I would also suggest you contact the Office of Regulatory Services within the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
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