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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.

Former KY Nursing Home Employee Faces Criminal Charges, Including Neglect

Published on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:57 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

The Courier-Journal reports that a 41-year-old former nurse of the Cumberland Valley Manor Nursing Home in Burkesville, Kentucky has been indicted on charges of theft of a controlled substance and neglect of an adult. The neglect charge stems from incidents that took place between May and November of 2010. The former nursing home worker allegedly replaced and retained the medication of 10 adult residents while she was a caretaker at the facility, thus depriving the residents of their needed medication. The indictment for the theft charge arose from incidents in which the 41-year-old is accused of taking hydrocodone pills from the residents.

In total, a grand jury indicted the former caretaker on 11 counts of neglect and 11 counts of theft following an official investigation by the Burkesville Police Department and General Conway’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control. If the former nursing home worker is convicted, the penalties will be severe. For each count of neglect, the crime is considered a felony which carries with it a possible prison sentence of five to 10 years. For the theft of a controlled substance, the charge is also considered a felony, which carries with it a potential prison sentence of one to five years.

Tips for Preventing Abuse in Louisville Nursing Homes

Published on Sep 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

In a perfect world, elderly nursing home residents would be treated with respect and compassion at all times. Unfortunately, some nursing home employees neglect or outright abuse vulnerable residents. If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, you need to watch carefully for signs of abuse or neglect.

  • Visit your loved one regularly. Regular visits make it easier to determine if something is off about your loved one’s care.
  • Watch for signs of physical abuse: bruises, cuts, scrapes, bite marks and other injuries.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Day

Published on Jun 14, 2011 at 9:00 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

In 2010 alone, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services received 13,491 reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of seniors. Just as each of us has a duty to work to protect children, we must also look out for our seniors. In each of these cases, criminals are taking advantage of the fact that their victims are unable to defend themselves. Many seniors suffer at the hands of nursing homes in Kentucky who put profits over people, resulting in neglect and, in some cases, physical abuse.

This sixth annual World Elder Abuse Day is an opportunity to shine the light on abuse and raise awareness of this problem. In Kentucky, 29 local coordinating councils on elder abuse work to provide abuse education throughout the state. To become involved with your community’s LCCEA or to inquire about events, contact state LCCEA liaison Stacy Carey at (502) 564-7043.

Kentucky Attorney General Moves to Protect Residents at an Eastern Kentucky Nursing Home

Published on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Elder abuse comes in many forms. Sometimes it is physical and sometimes it is financial. Last week, a Letcher County Judge moved to protect the residents of the Golden Years Rest Home when he issued a temporary restraining order preventing the home from selling any of its assets. In his order, the judge found that the personal funds of many of the nursing home’s residents were stolen and that the home continues to act in a manner harmful to its residents despite a number of civil administrative and criminal proceedings. Last year, the Attorney General’s office obtained the indictment of its former administrator on 74 counts for theft of over $500,000 in state and federal funds.

Whether your loved one has suffered from physical or financial abuse at the hands of a nursing home and/or its staff in Kentucky, you should seek the assistance of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Louisville.