Recently, the 2011 Elder Abuse Report for Kentucky was released. The report revealed that the State of Kentucky received 6,953 reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people over the age of 60 during that same year. While not all of these reports of abuse occurred in nursing homes, the majority of the legitimate abuse reports were victims of long-term care facilities and nursing homes in Kentucky.
The report indicated that adult protection workers investigated these claims and found that abuse and neglect had occurred in 28 percent of the reported cases they investigated. This accounts for approximately 583 confirmed cases of neglect and elder abuse in Kentucky. What was shocking was that the confirmed number of elder abuse cases went up 10 percent from 2010.
It’s no wonder that nursing homes are getting sued by the families of loved ones who have been neglected or abused. So why aren’t nursing homes hiring more workers to look after their residents and help improve conditions in an attempt to decrease the number of nursing home abuse and neglect cases? It can’t be because they don’t make enough money.
According to Kentucky.com, it was reported that one of the biggest nursing home corporations headquartered in Louisville – Kindred Health Care – reported a 27 percent revenue increase for 2011. This means that they made $5.5 billion compared to $4.4 billion in 2010.
Interestingly enough, Kentucky has no state staffing standards, and nursing home owners in Kentucky are fighting hard to avoid standards. They tried – but failed in the 2012 session of the General Assembly – to get legislation passed that would set up localized review panels for residents’ elder abuse complaints instead of going to court, and they will most likely come back in the 2013 session making similar demands.
The Law Offices of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson can help victims of elder abuse in Northern Kentucky. Please call us today 888-606-5297.