According to a report from Kentucky.com, the annual “Elder Abuse Report for Kentucky” shows that many nursing homes are being sued by the families of loved ones who have been abused and neglected. Despite industry reports that indicate profits for the nursing home industry are at an all-time high, this report shows that adult protection workers determined that neglect and abuse occurred in 28 percent of the cases investigated involving residents of long-term care centers in Kentucky in the 2011 fiscal year. Alarmingly, this was up 10 percent from 2010.
The state determined that elderly abuse and neglect occurred in a total of 583 investigations.
The Kentucky.com report suggests that if nursing home owners hire more workers to care for elderly residents, things would likely improve, lawsuits would go down, and profits would continue to go up. In addition, the state of Kentucky has no state staffing standards, and nursing home owners and their hired lobbyists fight to avoid such standards because of the fear that it will lessen profits and run up costs. However, more “front-line caregivers” would enhance profits for two reasons: there would be less litigation and providing excellent care the right way will always enhance profits.
As the law and the public seem to be catching up to nursing homes, it is essential nursing home owners and their staff fulfill their legal and ethical obligations to provide outstanding, incomparable care to the elderly residents who are dependent on them for care and comfort.
Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer Tad Thomas is committed to protecting the rights of the elderly and holding negligent parties responsible for any harm caused when neglect or abuse occurs. Holding negligent parties accountable for their actions can not only obtain justice for an injured loved one, but can also help ensure that future nursing home residents don’t endure harm as well.