What to Do if You Suspect Elder Abuse
Elder abuse is a terrible, and unfortunately common, occurrence. In 2019 alone, the Kentucky Adult Protective Services received over 22,000 calls that reported abuse of individuals over the age of 60. A large number of these calls were a direct result of a loved one being put at risk in an LTC (long term care) facility. When it comes to elder abuse, those around them can take action and help. Reporting the abuse as soon as possible is crucial in the process of protecting your loved ones so [...]READ MORE
How Staffing Shortages Leads to Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Staffing shortages can cause nursing home neglect and abuse because overwhelmed, burned-out, and underpaid nursing home employees are more likely to make mistakes and neglect residents. Understaffing of nursing homes can result in a plethora of negative consequences, as residents are more likely to suffer from medication errors and are more prone to deadly falls and bedsores. Consequences of Staffing Shortages in Nursing Homes Inadequate nursing home staffing can cause staff members to be [...]READ MORE
COVID-19: Can You Sue a Nursing Home in Kentucky for Coronavirus Infection or Death?
With The New York Times reporting that nursing homes account for one-third of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., it is clear that older adults at long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. According to the report, at least 25,600 nursing home residents and workers died from COVID-19 during the pandemic. Moreover, more than 143,000 residents and workers have been infected at some 7,500 facilities across the nation. COVID-19 in Kentucky’s Nursing Homes The Centers for [...]READ MORE
Is it Illegal to Install a Hidden Camera Inside a Nursing Home to Record Abuse?
Up to 5 million elderly people are abused each year. Studies show that approximately 25% of all nursing home residents were victims in at least one instance of physical abuse. Nursing home abuse is arguably one of the worst forms of victimization because elders may not be mentally or physically strong enough to defend themselves and are usually completely dependent on their caretakers. The vast majority of nursing home abuse and neglect cases go unreported either because elders are too [...]READ MORE
Food Safety Problems in Nursing Homes Constitute Neglect
You need to consider quite a few factors before placing a loved one in a nursing home facility. While your primary concern may be nursing home abuse or neglect, do not overlook the safety and quality of the food that residents are receiving in these facilities. Although foodborne illnesses are a threat to any person, people over 65 tend to be more susceptible due to weakened immune systems, medical conditions, chronic diseases, and age-related changes in the digestive system, according to [...]READ MORE
Signs of Abuse and Negligence in Kentucky Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are put in a position of great trust. Families make tough choices of putting an elderly family member into a nursing home, because an elderly father, mother, brother or sister require more care than other family members can give. The trust placed in a nursing home is compounded by the high cost necessary to pay for nursing home care. Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Families who have an elderly family member in a nursing home in Kentucky need to be vigilant of the care [...]READ MORE