Abuse, mistreatment, inadequate care, lack of professional staff, falling standards, and negative ambience continue to plague elder care facilities and result in nursing home neglect in Kentucky. As the elderly population increases, the number of residents exposed to mistreatment at care centers is on the rise. Physical harm along with social isolation and a lack of compassionate care aggravates their physical, emotional, or financial abuse by caregivers.
The story of Dennis Cooke exemplifies why Kentucky nursing homes have been consistently criticized for poor care quality. In his 40s, he had brain injuries following a fall from a ladder. His sister Sherry got him admitted to a long-term facility. Dennis was shifter from one to another nursing home for next many years, as Sherry found services lacking during her regular visits to the centers. Despite her best efforts, the brother passed away at a Louisville, KY, nursing home due to sheer negligence.
According to Sherry, Dennis was starved to death. She found multiple times during the last seven months of his brother’s life that “the tube feeding was not running.” Often “Dennis’ feeding tubes tied in knots and his body covered in bed sores.” When he died, the body was emaciated. She has to fight constantly to keep her brother healthy and alive.
An analysis by Newsweek gives about 40% of Kentucky nursing homes one or two stars. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also put the state among the worst according to the recently updated federal method of national ranking. While state care facilities questions the ranking as unfair, nursing home negligence attorney in Kentucky acknowledges the reality, the state is in the bottom tier as far as elder care is concerned, and calls for stronger regulations.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Neglect in Kentucky
- Negligence in providing basic needs and services
- Negligence in creating a safe environment
- Negligence in medication and treatment
- Negligence in treating bedsores
- Negligence in providing hygienic condition and nutritional food
- Negligence in preventing emotional, physical, and financial exploitation
- Negligence in preventing slip and fall accidents
- Negligence in protecting rights of nursing home residents
- Negligence in preventing resident-to-resident abuse
- Negligence in providing assistance and direct care
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect in Kentucky
If you ever come across the following signs in a resident, you have every right to presume that there is blatant nursing home neglect.
- Mistreatment and ridicule by caregivers
- Unhygienic conditions, such as unwashed clothing, unclean surroundings, and bed sheets not changed for weeks
- Refusal of caregivers to attend urgent needs or listen to residents
- Dehydration, weight loss, and bedsores in residents
- No timely food or medication
- Severe malnutrition
- No adequate provision of fluids for residents
- Physical marks on residents
- Resident afraid of caregivers
- Frequent slip and fall or choking incidents
Our Kentucky nursing home negligence attorneys are here to discuss a potential case today. Please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best course of action.