Earlier this year, three residents at a nursing home facility in Louisville, KY were abused by staff members. The Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center located at 1155 Eastern Parkway failed to provide protection for its residents and properly discipline the employees who committed the acts of abuse. Following the first incident, the facility provided an Allegation of Compliance stating that it had properly removed the employee, provided training to all remaining employees, and notified State Agencies of the incident. This report was found false when two more incidents of abuse were reported later that same month.
The first incident of abuse occurred when a Certified Nursing Assistant was harsh in speaking to a resident who was requesting to be repositioned. The CNA responded to the resident angrily, stating that she had just repositioned her fifteen minutes ago, she would not do it again, and left the room. The resident laid in bed in pain, too afraid to call for help, fearing the CNA would return angry again.
The second incident occurred eighteen days later and involved a different CNA and resident. The allegation stated that the CNA was mean and rude and threw the bed covers over the resident’s head. Though the CNA was removed from caring for the resident, she was still allowed to remain on the unit to care for other patients until a supervising staff member arrived and suspended her.
The third incident of abuse involved an Outreach Technician Restorative Aide who kissed a resident on the lips. Although the act was observed and confirmed by other employees, the ORT Restorative Aide was allowed to continue working his full shift and cared for more than forty more residents before leaving for the day. The facility did not report the sexual abuse to the State Survey Agency until two days later.
The Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center’s failure to protect residents after a reported allegation of abuse caused serious harm and potential injury. Had the facility followed appropriate steps to resolve the first incident, the two succeeding incidents could have been prevented. This nursing home has been cited for neglect, however it does not change the reality that incidents like these occur frequently in homes like it across the state. Residents deserve to feel comfortable in the care they receive and their families should be able to trust that their loved ones are properly cared for. If someone you love is living in a nursing home and you suspect they are being or have been abused, contact Thomas Law Offices for more information on what can be done to protect them.