We’ve all heard the horror stories and can admit that nursing homes, or agencies for caregivers, aren’t thought of as always best care facilities. With an increase of elder care lawyer cases, there is a lack of regulation and oversight in the caregiver for elderly facilities.To protect and care for our elderly, we sponsored legislation in 2018 to require background checks for those working with our seniors in these facilities and in home caregiving and increased caregiver training. What comes with jobs for caregivers is post surgery home care, lifting patients, and being a comfort keeper for those in need of care. In 2020, we sponsored the bill that required new staffing to patient ratios, made certain that facilities were adequately prepared for COVID-19 and future outbreaks of other viruses, and provided protections for patients in memory care facilities that specialize in caring for those with various stages of Alzheimers disease due to memory care facility costs. Responsive home health and above board care in facilities with access to senior cell phones for increased connectedness in a new transitional living environment is at the heart of this legislation. As we move forward, we continue to seek ways to strengthen our elder abuse laws and make certain that the state is properly overseeing our long-term care facilities. There has been an increase in Training for caregivers through a new program called health care academy and clear care thanks to the new legislation that will turn our senior helpers into professional caregivers and home helpers. There is also accessible free caregiver training online.
Georgia State Senate District 17 encompasses parts of Newton, Henry, and Rockdale counties with nearly 150,000 registered voters. Brian Strickland entered his second full term in the Georgia Senate in 2020. Brian, his wife Lindsay, and their two children reside in McDonough, GA. Through Brian’s leadership position at the capitol where he fights for District 17, and all of Georgia, he has impacted Georgia for the better through various executed actions. Not only did Brian support the First Responder bill which aids police, firefighter, and EMS personnel but he was a key player in the passing of the Georgia Criminal Justice reform bills and Georgia Surprise Medical bills. Above and beyond that, Brian labored to bring funding to Southern Crescent Technical College making it one of the top technical schools in Georgia and is constantly raising the bar in the fight against human trafficking.