Kentuckians still need to be proactive as they consider care facilities for elderly loved ones, and when they visit nursing homes.
Bowling Green, KY (PRWEB) November 30, 2011
Bowling Green elder abuse attorney Lee Coleman said today that recent inspections of Kentucky nursing homes show encouraging progress but exhibit performance that’s far from exemplary.
Coleman was referring to a watchdog group’s analysis of the inspections conducted by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services during the last three months, which was recently reported on by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
According to the group, Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, eight of 64 nursing homes inspected did not have deficiencies. Bernie Vonderheide, the group’s founder and president, said it was the first time inspectors had found as many as eight nursing homes with no problems, the newspaper reported.
“We’re pleased that the state has found the highest number of nursing homes without problems since their inspections began, and a best-ever performance certainly indicates movement in the right direction,” said Coleman, of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect victims. “But we’re still a long way from where long-term care for the elderly in Kentucky needs to be.”
Kentucky’s nursing home inspection findings can be found at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website, with the findings listed by nursing home in alphabetic order. The deficiencies listed can range from minor maintenance needs to problems that potentially affect residents’ health and safety, according to the Courier-Journal.
“Kentuckians still need to be proactive as they consider care facilities for elderly loved ones, and when they visit nursing homes,” Coleman said. “They need to look for signs of any degree of neglect or abuse, and they must report it, first to the staff of the home, but also, by law, to the state Cabinet of Health and Family Services.”
The Cabinet is required to report abuse and neglect allegations to appropriate law enforcement officials within 24 hours, Coleman explained. Nursing home administrators or staff members who fail to report elderly abuse or neglect can be held accountable in both criminal and civil court.
“The third place to report a problem of abuse or neglect involving an elderly person is Hughes & Coleman, where our lawyers have extensive experience in holding nursing homes accountable for the abuse and neglect of their residents,” Coleman said.
Hughes & Coleman has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for elder abuse victims in Kentucky and Tennessee through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against nursing homes and similar skilled-care facilities.
“Victims of elder abuse and their families can recover compensation for the harm they’ve suffered and increase the pressure on the nursing home industry through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits,” Coleman said.
“We at Hughes & Coleman are determined to get results that protect and better the lives of nursing home residents,” Coleman said. “If your elderly loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us so we can begin today to investigate your case and see to it that your rights and the rights of your loved one are upheld.”
About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers
Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with Kentucky offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington and Louisville, is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of nursing home abuse and neglect victims, as well as the families who care deeply about their elderly loved ones.
Partners J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman are accomplished injury attorneys and advocates for people who have suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as auto accidents, brain injury, drug injury, defective products, environmental dangers, fire and burn injury, insurance disputes, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, Social Security disability, stock fraud, truck accident injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.
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