While there are some statistics available, many cases of abuse and neglect go unreported. Therefore, it's hard to say how many happen on average in a given year, but the fact remains that any case involving nursing home abuse or neglect in Kentucky is one too many.
The Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee produced a report in 2001 that indicated 30% of nursing homes in this country had been given citations for abuse or neglect in the prior 2 years.
Researchers from Cornell University reported that 40% of nursing home employees had admitted to emotional abuse, and 10% had admitted to physical abuse.
Just as common as emotional and physical abuse is neglect. Numerous reports from nursing homes indicate that many patients are receiving less than adequate care in a nursing home.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services provide a Five-Star System, which evaluates a nursing home's employees, safety precautions and the quality of their services. The state of Kentucky ranks 2.9.
The Lexington-Herald has provided a number of stories in which cases of neglect and abuse in nursing homes weren't properly investigated. Despite 107 Type A citations being given between 2006 and 2009, only 7 resulted in prosecution.
Clearly, nursing home abuse and neglect in Kentucky exists. If your loved one has been a victim, your next step should be to consult with a Louisville nursing home abuse attorney.
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