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Families are scrambling to find a new place for their loved ones to live after the state of Georgia raided a care home in Jackson County.

Reportedly, 21 people are facing charges.

Stunned family members and employees stood outside the Alzheimer care home on Commerce as agents from the GBI, Department of Revenue, and Commerce Police raided the residential care home on the morning of July 2nd.

"The investigation has resulted in 72 warrants being issued against 21 current and former employees," says Vernon Keenan, director of the GBI.

Their three month investigation revealed employees striking and slapping patients, medication irregularities and having patients live in undignified conditions like being double-diapered to avoid frequent changing.

"Many of the indicators of abuse are not obvious," says Keenan.

However, two inspection reports done by the Department of Community Health dated August 2011 and April 2013 did not mention any abuse in the care home. They cited some issues with employees not having proper background checks.

The GBI says some of the employees were convicted felons.

In 2013, the state inspector also cited unlicensed staff administering medication, improper diets and improper resident placement.

Gwen Ivester, a relative to a care home patient, did not suspect anything.

"We always thought they took excellent care of them," she says.

But now family members are scrambling to pack up and relocate loved ones and find a new place to care for them.

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