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Investigation Finds Abuse in 18 Percent of Kentucky Nursing Homes

Published on Mar 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

An investigation into nursing homes in Kentucky found that elder abuse and neglect likely occurred in roughly 18 percent of investigations that involved residents of long-term care facilities in the state, according to Kentucky.com.

In 2010, social workers conducted over 2,000 investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect in a variety of long-term care facilities and discovered that mistreatment likely occurred in 368 of those investigations. However, the actual number of abuse and neglect incidents is probably much higher, since it is often difficult to determine if nursing home residents have been abused due to a lack of evidence and the fact that residents are often unable to describe what happened. It’s also hard to prove abuse allegations among the elderly who don’t live in nursing homes.