January 5th, 2011
A new bill aimed at thwarting nursing home abuse has been proposed in Kentucky that would require background checks for all employees at nursing homes. The bill, filed by State Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, would bar nursing homes from hiring anyone who has a felony record of theft; abuse or sale of illegal drugs; abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult; or a sexually related crime.
Kentucky currently only requires criminal background checks for direct caregivers at nursing homes. However, staff such as custodians and maintenance workers, who still have access to residents, are not currently screened for a criminal record.
Under Senate Bill 44 background checks of all long-term care facility employees would be made by the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home and believe they are a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect you are encouraged to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer right away to talk about your legal options.