Kentucky Nursing home abuse lawyers have forced long-term care facilities to pay the highest liability per bed in the country. However, a major cause of almost five-time higher liability compensation in Kentucky is the failure of nursing homes to revamp their standard of care and stop mistreatment and exploitation of residents. Though the state has about 25,000 beds at nearly 280 assisted care facilities, almost a fifth compared to California, it outnumbers big states, such as Florida, Texas, and California, in the number of complaints each year.
In 2013, consumer group ProPublica reported serious deficiencies in staffing, care standard, and plan of action plaguing long-term care centers in the state. With about a “D” grade, state facilities were considered worst in the southeast. While 94.76 percent of Kentucky nursing homes are cited for neglect, about 20 percent were held responsible for serious injury and death of residents. At least 6,000 complaints were received in the last four years and over 85 percent were found to be correct.
Two Kentucky nursing homes were listed among the worst care facilities of 2012. About 60 percent of these homes lack adequate abuse or ill-treatment reporting system while almost half don’t have any care plan for a resident. Unhygienic conditions, no nutrient food, and dangerous environment are common in 38 percent of state care centers. As a consequence, residents have to suffer silently and aggrieved their relatives are seeking recovery of medical cost and punitive damages with the help of Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys.
Though the recent Families for a Better Care report shows qualitative improvements in assisted care in Kentucky, nursing home neglect and abuse grievances have increased by five percent. Despite more monitoring and inspection than before, “direct professional staff care per resident per day” continues to be languishing (less than one hour) compared to other states.
The National Scenario
While Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyers are busy evaluating, filing, or fighting lawsuits that brought bad name to state assisted care industry, the national scenario is not much different. According to a congressional report, one in five residents at one-third of US care centers becomes subject to conditions “serious enough to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.”
Another report by the Gerontological Society of America claims that 20 percent nursing home residents are abused and ill treated by fellow residents. Nationwide one in 10 nursing homes are reported for “dispensing unnecessary medication.” About 11 percent of nursing homes have been cited for dispensing unnecessary medication while about a quarter of care givers accused of abuse have past criminal records.
While close to a million seniors are abused and mistreated in assisted care centers across the United States, 5 percent of the national nursing home workforce have criminal records and about 50 percent lack proper treatment and rehab plans for residents. Emotional abuse of residents comprises 20 percent of all nursing home complaints followed by physical abuse (16 %) and caretaker neglect (12%). About 36 percent residents suffer from preventable kind of injury during their stay at care centers.
Kentucky elders face a torrid time during the last phase of their lives as nursing home abuse in the state is on the rise. Care center management is as much as responsible as its staff for mistreatment of residents. If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to abuse at a nursing home in Bowling Green, Brownsville or elsewhere in Kentucky, please contact our team of nursing home abuse lawyers at 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best course of action.