Lack of adequate staff is one of the single most important factors responsible for nursing home abuse in Kentucky. Ranging from ill-treatment, neglect, and unhygienic conditions to underreporting and lack of quality, planned care, mostly all ills plaguing the elder care system trace their root to understaffing. Insufficient staff means inadequate care, no timely medication or support, and inability to check potential exploitation of residents. About two-third of elderly care litigations a Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney represents have their origins in staffing problems.
Over 100 academic studies have identified a direct link between the prevention of nursing home abuse, negligence, and falling care quality on one hand and the in-house staffing level on the other. The Families for Better Care, a consumer watchdog monitoring elderly care facilities, has assigned “D” grade, the lowest in the Southeastern region, to Kentucky nursing care homes citing their failure to provide quality care and understaffing.
“Kentucky’s nursing homes consistently underachieved, failing to score an above average grade in any reviewed measure,” the watchdog highlights while assigning the state 40th rank in overall nursing home care.
About 94 percent of state care homes are cited for deficiencies attributed to human error while residents at 22 percent of these facilities face greater chance of abuse, injury, or death because of inadequate care. The report cites “less than 1 hour direct staff care per day” received by residents in half of about 280 Kentucky nursing homes.
Understaffing and Nursing Home Neglect
According to the Center for Public Integrity, self-reported staffing data on federal Nursing Home Compare website is fabricated to showcase their ability to provide better care. Many care centers inflate their personnel numbers during scheduled site visits to comply with regulations, but their usual care plans suffer severely due to lack of trained staff, the report claims. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been vocal in criticizing the self-reporting of inaccurate staffing data citing its importance in assigning “broader quality rating to nursing homes.”
Lower staffing levels mean significantly less time for direct staff care and more chances of negligence and mistreatment. Residents are also increased risk of health degradation due to low levels of care. Lack of adequate staff at a Kentucky nursing home results in
- negligent medical care
- overburdened staff to react negatively
- no proper inspection or observation
- less direct care
- inadequate emergency response when needed
- no adequate and timely assistance in administering daily needs
- abuse goes unchecked and without fear of being caught
- gaps in reporting of injuries
- inability to prevent resident-on-resident abuse
Is Understaffing A Ground To File Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit?
Understaffing is a violation of human rights of the elderly, who come to care facilities in the hope of adequate care and assistance. Nursing homes looking for economic gains by recruiting less or untrained caregivers betray their trust and cause them to lead a life of ignominy. The shortage of staff forces them to stay neglected, make them prone to abuse and bullying, and live in unhealthy conditions, which is likely to impact their physical and mental conditions.
Our team of lawyers will offer aid, advice, and assistance to victims of nursing home abuse and their families seeking to file claims against nursing homes in Kentucky. Our success over the years as trial lawyers and our expertise and experience will be used to help you and your loved ones strive for justice.
If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to abuse at a nursing home in Louisville, Kentucky, or any other city in Kentucky, please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best course of action.