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Georgia settles civil rights suit creating alternatives to nursing homes for the disabled

Last week, the state of Georgia settled a civil rights suit with seven citizens with physical disabilities creating alternatives to nursing homes for the disabled. The settlement agreement includes a $4.3 million budget allocation for a program that will offer services to 1,000 members of the community including home delivered meals, health aids, and physical and speech therapists.

The lawsuit claimed these citizens were being forced into nursing homes due to a lengthy waiting list for home services. The suit may change the landscape of long-term care strategies in Georgia. It can often be cheaper to house these residents at home providing them essential care services. In addition, living at home provides the resident with more autonomy, a community setting and a happier and healthier lifestyle.

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