Alzheimer's Disease: Disclosure of Treatment
When Alzheimer’s disease attacks a person’s brain and, over time, increasingly impairs memory, thinking and behavior, it presents many difficulties for victims and their loved ones. A number of treatment options are available, and it is important to ensure that those afflicted receive the best care possible.
Georgia law (O.C.G.A. Section 31-8-180 et seq.) requires most nursing homes, assisted living centers, home health care services and hospices to submit a Disclosure of Treatment form for their Alzheimer’s patients or residents. While hospitals and physicians (as well as their employees) are themselves directly exempt from the disclosure requirement, the form must be submitted on behalf of any nursing home, personal care home, hospice, respite care service, adult day program or home health agency they own or operate.
The disclosure form from the treatment facility will describe:
- The overall philosophy and mission;
- Its processes for accepting patients;
- The selection process for individualized services to be provided in its treatment program;
- Its staffing, staff training and continuing education practices;
- The physical environment, including safety and security features;
- The frequency and types of activities for patients;
- Its involvement with families and family support programs; and
- The costs and fees associated with treatment.
The Georgia Department of Human Services can examine the record of treatment and verify that clients are receiving the level of care stated on the disclosure form. In addition, a copy of the form must be provided to you when you request information about the treatment of a loved one. A new disclosure form must be submitted any time there are changes in the treatment information.
Failure to provide a Disclosure of Treatment form when required is a violation of the Georgia Fair Businesses Practice Act. If a non-exempt facility providing treatment for a person suffering with Alzheimer’s does not submit the required disclosure form, it could be subject to stiff monetary penalties.
If you find that one of the above-specified providers has failed to furnish a disclosure form to anyone requesting it, or has stated inaccurate information on the disclosure, please report this to the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection.