March 25, 2011
The 2010 Report of Elder Abuse in Kentucky revealed that out of 2,048 nursing home abuse investigations by social workers, nursing home abuse or neglect probably occurred in 368 of those cases, about 18 percent.
“It proves what we’ve been saying all along,” said nursing home reform advocate Bernie Vonderheide. “There are problems in these long-term care facilities.”
The report was recently presented at an Elder Abuse Committee meeting. This was the first time the Cabinet for Health and Family Services included such statistics in their report.
The push for nursing home reform in Kentucky comes after a series of articles in the Herald-Leader last year highlighting problems with the system Kentucky authorities use to investigate nursing home abuse and neglect.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse you need to speak out. This includes contacting authorities immediately and getting in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your case.