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.
If you believe an elderly person is being abused, neglected or exploited, call (877) KYSAFE1, the state’s abuse hotline. If you believe there is imminent risk, immediately call 911 or local law enforcement.
If you wish to get more information regarding the legal rights of your loved one who has been abused, contact an experienced nursing home attorney in Kentucky.
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