Nursing home abuse in Kentucky continues to lead national headlines. According to the latest data released by the Families for Better Care, the woeful facilities and poor quality of care in the last three years resulted in nursing homes paying more than $100 million in fines. Kentucky, with its regretful record in senior care, tops the list with $11 million collected as penalties.
The nonprofit advocacy group monitoring abuse and neglect incidents at long-term care centers claims that “staggering $100 million figure in nursing home fines portrays a marketplace that is chronically failing to protect the welfare of elderly consumers.” Kentucky’s “spectacularly dreadful” data based on penalties made public by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services pegs the total collection of fines at $11,161,186. Different from compensations awarded by state courts or settlements reached with any Kentucky or his nursing home abuse attorney, the penalties average over $40,000 for each about 280 state facilities, which is 6.5 times more than the national average.
Kentucky’s infamous record in nursing home abuse and neglect is followed by two states Texas ($9,246,619), and Florida ($8,147,595). Texas has 1,227 nursing homes, almost four-time more than Kentucky while in Florida the number stands at 687, almost 3.5 times more than Kentucky.
“The ongoing cycle of nursing home managers writing checks for hefty fines year after year is not fixing the underlying problem of grossly inadequate nursing home care and hiring enough employees will make care safer for our loved ones, reduce fines, and improve the reputation of providers,” according to Brian Lee, the head of the consumer group.
Nursing Home Abuse in Kentucky
Lack of direct care, inadequate supervision, and understaffing are reasons most blamed by a Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer for negligent care of seniors. About 20% of all negligence and abuse instances are traced to paucity of skilled, trained employees at long-term care facilities. According to a CNN report, almost 9 in 10 nursing homes suffer from understaffing, which put residents at the risk of passive behavior, non-attendance, less direct care, reside-to-resident abuse, and accidents.
A report by the American Health Care Association entitled Long Term Care: General Liability and Professional Liability Actuarial Analysis has also highlighted how abuse and neglect resulting in the highest liability payment by Kentucky nursing homes. At least 900 grievances against Kentucky nursing homes were reported to the Office of the Inspector General last year. The negligence complaints were 5% higher compared to 2013 despite the state rank had a big 10 place jump with senior care service improvements.
The state ombudsman had found 87.74% of Kentucky nursing home abuse, mistreatment, and neglect grievances investigated in 2013 as genuine. Investigators confirmed direct evidence of abuse in every third complaint. The same year a report card for the long-term care rated the state facilities below-average and “high risk category for failing standard of care.”
About a third of all state long-term centers are reportedly admitting residents without any individual care plans. Without nutritional food, hygienic condition, and proper medical facilities, nursing home residents face the increased risk of bedsores, sepsis, and other fatal health problems.
If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to abuse at a nursing home in Louisville (or elsewhere), Kentucky, please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best course of action.