Because many nursing home residents are on the federal Medicare or Medicaid programs, most nursing homes in Kentucky have to pay careful attention to federal rules and regulations that are binding on homes that take patients who have this federally subsidized health insurance.
A previous post on this blog talked about how important it is for a nursing home's staff to do what it can to prevent its patients from falling. Because many of these patients are older and frail, what might have caused harmless bruising in a younger, healthier person can be devastating for the victim of a nursing home fall.
One could argue that just about any business in Kentucky has some obligation to keep their guests safe and prevent them from slipping and falling. However, this is especially true for nursing homes, which are facilities that Kentucky families have specifically trusted with the care of their sick or elderly loved ones.
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem at senior care facilities in Kentucky. Elder abuse ranges from failure to properly care for residents to outright hitting or sexually assaulting them. It is concerning to think that your elderly parent may not be receiving the care he or she deserves, but how do you know if abuse is happening?
Your elderly parent in a nursing home may be susceptible to medication errors. Misuse and overuse of medications are common in care centers for aging adults. According to an NPR report, nursing homes often prescribe antipsychotic drugs meant for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Improper or overmedication of these drugs can lead to severe complications - and even death.
When a Kentucky family makes the painful decision either to put a loved one in a nursing home or, at least, strongly suggest that the loved one make that decision, they do so trusting that the facility which they choose will do their utmost to take care of their new patient and make sure they are comfortable and well-provided for in what is often the last months or years of their life.
A previous post on this blog discussed the possible warning signs families can look for to determine whether their loved one is experiencing abuse or neglect at the hands of their nursing home.
As much as Kentucky families may try, it is often hard to avoid the possibility that they may choose a bad nursing home for their loved one to stay in. After all, nursing homes with a habit of neglecting their patients are unlikely to come out and admit it. Moreover, even good or okay nursing homes may have a few bad apple employees who harm their patients even behind the backs of their busy and often overworked bosses.