In December 2012, Propublica, a non-profit group that engages in investigative journalism, released new information about nursing homes in the United States. According to the information gathered by Propublica, the state with the most serious nursing home deficiencies per home was Kentucky.
What Kentuckians Need to Know Now About Nursing Home Safety
More specifically, the information gathered from Propublica indicated that:
- Kentucky had the most nursing home deficiencies per home. Out of Kentucky’s 283 nursing homes, 86 were found to have serious deficiencies over the past three years.
- A total of 5660 deficiencies were found in Kentucky nursing homes with 405 of those deficiencies being deemed serious.
- The average fine issued for nursing home deficiencies in Kentucky was $38,500, making it the state with the fourth-highest average fines. Washington, Tennessee and South Carolina had fewer nursing home deficiencies per home but, on average, issued larger fines.
- Kentucky was not among the top states for penalizing nursing homes through the suspension of payments for new admissions. It ranked 18th in the country for this particular criterion.
What This Means to You
The information may be shocking and troubling for those with relatives in Kentucky nursing homes. Of course, it does not mean that all nursing homes have deficiencies. In fact, the majority do not. Yet, it does mean that it is important to pay attention to what is happening in your loved one’s nursing home facility and to contact an experienced Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer for help if your loved one has been hurt.