Beware, Kentucky: Nursing Home Aides May Have a Criminal Record

As if you didn’t have enough worry and guilt about placing your loved one into a Kentucky nursing home; now you have to worry about whether he or she is being cared for by a nurses’ aide with a criminal record!

According to an article published by Aging Care, nursing home workers who abuse elderly residents are likely to have a criminal record. Wouldn’t you think the nursing home administrators would have their employees checked out thoroughly?

The article cites a recent government investigation, which cited that nearly one in five nursing aides who were found guilty of abusing, neglecting, or stealing from elderly residents have pre-existing criminal records. Here are some additional disturbing facts:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services found that nursing homes across the United States have hired hundreds of nurses’ aides who have criminal records for offenses such as DUI, battery, and rape. Some were registered sex offenders.
  • Approximately 6½ percent of aides in nursing homes had prior convictions, mostly for crimes against property, such as larceny and theft.
  • Nurses’ aides who had committed crimes involving injury to a person were more than three times more likely to abuse or neglect an elderly nursing home resident.
  • Of the nurses’ aides convicted of crimes while working with elderly residents, 80 percent had no official history of illegal behavior.

Elder abuse in Kentucky nursing homes must not be tolerated. If your loved one is a likely victim of Kentucky nursing home abuse, contact the Louisville nursing home abuse attorneys at Gray and White Law. Call 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 and set up a FREE, no-obligation, confidential consultation.

 

Matthew L. White
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