December 22nd, 2010
Kentucky is implementing new ways of tracking nursing home abuse cases in an effort to prosecute those guilty of abuse and keep nursing home residents safe. The newly focused efforts of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services are a result of Herald-Leader newspaper stories this summer which exposed a problem of serious nursing home abuse cases not always being reviewed by prosecutors and local law enforcement.
The Inspector General of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said her office now has regular meeting with staff to better track violations. In addition, they have increased training for nursing home regulators, and are developing a standardized intake form to report nursing home abuse and neglect.
Many factors contribute to the prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect in our country. But at the top of the list of reasons why nursing home abuse continues is that many incidences of abuse and neglect are simply not reported. If you are a victim of nursing home abuse or if you suspect a loved one is being abused you are urged to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately to discuss your legal options.