The 2014 Nursing Home Report Card report by consumer group Families for a Better Care ranks Kentucky at 30th, an improvement of 10 positions. However, the improvement is equally matched by a significant increase in the number of Kentucky nursing home abuse lawsuits. Though direct professional staff care per resident per day has gone up by 13 percent, one in five state nursing homes is still riddled with severe deficiencies. While there has been a 10% improvement in monitoring and inspection at care facilities, the number of KY nursing home neglect allegations is up by over 5%. The state Ombudsman has found 87.74% of complaints made this year as genuine.
Kentucky Nursing Home Neglect: The Statistics
Thousands of men and women residents aged 65 or above live in a negative environment in most of Kentucky’s 280 nursing homes. Of the eight parameters set by the Families for a Better Care, state elder care facilities have failed to make a stride in three while there are marginal improvements in the other five. While understaffing is a big issue impacting skilled care at nursing homes across the state, one in every four residents is a victim of insufficient care.
The biggest danger for residents is the accident-prone environment present at a third of care facilities. While a fourth of nursing homes are cited for deficient care plans, 38% residents are subject to unsanitary food and unhygienic conditions.
Kentucky Nursing Home Neglect: Common Types
- Physical and psychological abuse
- Passive behavior and cruelty by caregivers
- Ill-treatment and mistreatment
- Sexual abuse
- Theft and financial exploitation
- Development of bed sores
- Improper medical treatment
- Resident-on-resident abuse
- Accidents, including slip and fall
- Bullying and verbal abuse
- Unhygienic cloth and food
A congressional report acknowledges that at least 20 percent of nursing home complaints are “serious enough to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.” According to the Gerontological Society of America, one in every five care home residents is abused by invasive, disruptive or hostile fellow residents.
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse in Kentucky
A 2010 research report claims that one in every 10 elders are for-time more likely to be abused or subject of negligence while living in assisted care homes. However, the Department of Health and Human Services has found that about half of nursing home abuse and negligence incidents go unreported. Making it worse, about 40% of US care centers have no process to “maintain documentation supporting compliance with the reporting requirements” while about 30% lacks “appropriate policies and procedures for reporting allegations and investigation results.”
KRS Chapter 209 of the state law calls upon all residents to report an incident involving nursing home abuse in Kentucky. If you come across any physical and behavioral sign indicating abuse of a senior, contact the Kentucky Adult Protective Services (1-800-752-6200) or the local police (911). You can also made a complaint to the Office of the Inspector General (502-564-7963) or Office of the Attorney General (877-228-7384).
Filing A Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
An unsafe environment, inadequate care, and a rising number of negligence complaints involving state care centers have translated into more nursing home neglect litigation. Kentucky nursing home neglect lawyers evaluate hundreds of such claims every year and at least a fourth of these cases go for court trial. A Kentucky family won $42 million in damages in 2012 following wrongful death lawsuit filed against a state nursing home. The victim died of dehydration within nine days of being admitted to the center. The jury found the nursing home guilty of failing to provide adequate care and nutritional food to the disabled man.
Over $800,000 was awarded as compensatory and punitive damages to family of a man, who died of sepsis. The bed-ridden victim developed advanced-stage bedsores because of unhygienic conditions and lack of care during his stay at the nursing home.
If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to abuse at a nursing home in Louisville, Kentucky, or elsewhere in Kentucky, please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best possible course of action with our Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys.