In life death is inevitable. It can oftentimes be a tough situation for staff in an Assisted Living Facility who may have built a meaningful relationship with residents. In addition to your community-specific policy regarding the death of a resident, you should also be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulation surrounding death provided by the Georgia Department of Community Health:
111-8-63-.27 Death of a Resident
(1) Should a resident die while in the assisted living community, the administrator, on-site manager, or designated staff must immediately notify the resident’s physician, the next of kin, and the representative or legal surrogate, if any, and appropriate law enforcement authorities where the law so requires, such as in the case of sudden or unexpected death.
(2) Upon the death of the resident, the assisted living community must refund to the representative or legal surrogate, if any, any security deposit made to the assisted living community by or on behalf of the resident in compliance with O.C.G.A. § 44-7-30et seq.