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Study Shows Some Nursing Homes Fail to Properly Use Antipsychotic Drugs

Published on Aug 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

A recent report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services found that some nursing homes fail to administer atypical antipsychotic drugs safely.

Nursing Home Antipsychotic DrugsThe study, which was conducted at the request of Senator Charles Gassley, only covered a six month period from January 1 to June 30 of 2007. It examined the extent to which atypical antipsychotics were prescribed to elderly nursing home residents, whether they were being prescribed for “off-label” uses or for treatment of conditions specified in the “black box” warning labels and whether the nursing homes complied with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) standards regarding unnecessary drug use.

What Constitutes Financial Abuse in KY Nursing Homes?

Published on Jul 16, 2012 at 7:40 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

Entrusting the care of your elderly loved one to a Kentucky nursing home can be a difficult decision for any family, particularly because of the unthinkable reality that your loved one may be the subject of nursing home abuse in KY. The elderly are a very vulnerable group and, as such, are frequently exploited, abused, or neglected. A specific kind of abuse that occurs in nursing homes across the country is financial abuse, which occurs when a person uses the money or the property of a senior for wrongful use or with the intent to defraud the elderly resident.

Any senior citizen who is a nursing home resident or lives in another type of long term care facility may be subject to financial abuse or exploitation by nursing home staff, their direct caregivers, or the administrators of the nursing home. An individual may wrongfully use another’s finances or property for their advantage when an elderly resident was incapacitated, unable to give consent, or because they were subjected to deception, threats, manipulation, or intimidation.

Report Shows Kentucky Nursing Home Residents Are Often Mistreated

Published on Jul 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

In many families, there comes a time when an older loved one can no longer be cared for in the home. Whether suffering from a mental or physical impairment, they require round-the-clock care which family members are unable to provide. Unfortunately, if your loved one is a resident of one of Kentucky’s nursing homes, they may not be receiving the kind of care you had hoped.

A recently published report by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has uncovered alarming statistics about the care elderly receive in these facilities. According to the report, 28% of all long term care facility investigations resulted in a finding by authorities that abuse or neglect had occurred. An article written in the Lexington Herald Leader addressed the findings of the report. Valarie Honeycutt Spears, the reporter writing the article, also wrote a series of articles in 2010 that addressed failures in the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse cases. This series of articles resulted in Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear ordering the Cabinet to review the policies and procedures for enforcement in an effort to protect seniors.

Nursing Home Neglect: What Are the Signs?

Published on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:29 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

Nursing home neglect is defined as the failure of a nursing home’s staff to properly care for its residents, and the effects can result in very serious health issues. Entrusting the care of an elderly loved one to the staff of a residential care facility can be a difficult decision for any family, particularly with the increasing number of nursing home abuse and neglect cases in the U.S. In order to ensure your loved one is receiving quality care and to protect their well-being, friends or family members should be aware of the different signs of nursing home neglect.

The following are some common ailments and nursing home neglect issues associated with nursing home care:

  1. Falls: A nursing home staff should observe their elderly resident regularly to prevent a fall, or to prevent a fall-related injury from becoming something more serious. In a facility without proper observation, a resident could lie on the floor for hours after a fall, which can exacerbate any injuries or trauma.

KY Groups Celebrate National Nursing Home Week to Honor Nursing Home Staff and Residents

Published on May 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

National Nursing Home Week, May 13-19, is celebrated in the month of May and is meant to honor the lives of nursing home residents across the country. In addition, this week aims to shine a spotlight on the nursing home staff members who try to make a difference in the lives of those they care for. With increasing instances of nursing home abuse in care facilities across the U.S., National Nursing Home Week seeks to highlight the hard work and dedication of the nursing home staff who want to ensure that the nursing home is a supportive, caring environment that nurtures and encourages the continual growth of residents.

The theme for National Nursing Home Week this year is “Celebrating the Journey,” and SurfKY.com notes that it is a perfect backdrop for friends, family members, and loved ones of nursing home residents to visit and continue to help them write new chapters in the story of their life. Though National Nursing Home Week is only celebrated once a year, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) encourages everyone year round to honor those who contribute to our nation’s nursing homes, including residents, employees, volunteers, and family members.