Checking on Your Loved One’s Nursing Home: Kentucky Open Records Law

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If you wonder how a Kentucky nursing home fares on inspections, you have only to ask.


According to Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, the Kentucky Open Records law assures public access to any records pertaining to nursing homes, including the following:

  • complaints;
  • complaint resolutions;
  • statements of deficiencies and plans of correction;
  • Type A or B citations;
  • allegations of compliance;
  • allegations of removal of jeopardy;
  • written communication with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid regarding the nursing home; and
  • written correspondence with the nursing home regarding residents’ quality of care.


The facility is required to make regular entries regarding care and treatment for each resident in the individual’s record. Although the nursing home may require that only one designated family member have access to this record, they may not completely deny access.

Who to Contact and How

If the nursing home is not forthcoming in providing these documents for you, put your request in a letter to the Department for Community Based Services or the Office of the Inspector General. Make sure that you agree to pay any associated fees.


Some of the records may be withheld due to confidentiality of the information therein. If you are denied any requested information, you may call the Office of the Attorney General at 502-696-5664 and file an appeal.

Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?

If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.