Can a nursing home be held liable for abuse if they refuse to allow me to take my loved one out of the center?

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A nursing home absolutely can be held liable for abuse if the staff refuses to allow you or another family member take your loved one out for a visit or participate in any other activity. This is considered a type of emotional or psychological nursing home abuse that can have serious effects on your loved one’s well-being and quality of life. 

There are many Kentucky state laws that protect the health and welfare of nursing home residents, including the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. The act, created in response to the growing number of nursing home neglect cases, set standards of care for Kentucky nursing home residents. 

Under these laws, residents are determined to have certain rights, including: 

  • the right to participate in their own care;
  • the right to be fully informed;
  • the right to make independent choices;
  • the right to privacy and confidentiality;
  • the right to security of possessions;
  • the right to dignity, respect and freedom;
  • the right to file a complaint without fear of retribution; and
  • the right to visits. 


Refusing to let someone out for a visit violates many of these state-mandated rights and definitely constitutes nursing home abuse. If your loved one’s facility has refused to let you take him or her out for visits, isolates or neglects your loved one, this could be deemed nursing home abuse. Consider taking legal action. Call 502-210-8942 or 888-450-4456 to talk with a Louisville nursing home abuse attorney today.

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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.