Seniors in Kentucky are being treated poorly says report
As people age, they need more help. That is just one fact of life that isn’t likely to change. Unfortunately, for residents of Kentucky who are elderly, getting the help they need just might not happen. Kentucky ranks last or near last in five factors that affect elder care, according to a report by the American Association of Retired Persons.
The report took 26 factors of performance into consideration. It graded all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., in the report. Kentucky didn’t fare so well in some of these. In fact, the state ranked 51st in one area, 50th in two areas, and in the 40s in two other areas.
Anyone who has a family member who is considered elderly care should know about the shortcomings of the state, which are affecting private sector and public sector care.
For instance, Kentucky ranked 42nd in the effectiveness of nursing home transitions. That ranking should warn family members to be on the look out for things like orders not being followed or medication issues when a loved one transitions into a nursing home.
The state ranked 50th when it comes to quality of care and life, as well as choice of settings and providers. This shows that seniors might be put in a difficult spot when it comes to choosing where to receive care. It also shows that keeping an eye out for nursing home neglect is vital for family members.
Speaking of family, Kentucky ranked 46th in family and caregiver support. This means that family members and caregivers might be left alone to figure things out. When you consider the lack of access to services and the high cost of services, for which the state ranked dead last, it is easy to see that seniors in the state and their caregivers aren’t getting what they need.
Those who have had a family member who has been harmed at a nursing home has the right to seek compensation on their loved one’s behalf. Knowing how to seek compensation and learning about possible damages to seek might help to make the process easier.
Source: The Courier-Journal, “AARP: Kentucky ranks last for elder services” Mike Wynn, Jun. 22, 2014