The decision to seek qualified nursing care for a failing loved one is never taken lightly. When a nursing home is selected, it is assumed that the staff and administrators will ensure that their patients will receive the required care with dignity and respect. Sadly, too often, Kentucky families have discovered that their loved ones were victims of neglect or outright abuse.
One woman, whose paralyzed husband was a patient at a home, began to suspect that her husband was not being fed properly when he would attempt to ingest shaving cream when she was helping to care for his needs. She was concerned about his apparent weight loss and noticed that his bedding was not being changed on a regular basis. She also informed the staff that she was to be contacted whenever her husband became ill or if the home became short-staffed.
She attempted to correct the deficiencies in his care by discussing his care with the charge nurse on his floor. When this failed to correct the problems, she continued up the chain of command. Unfortunately, she did not receive satisfactory results and her husband continued to suffer from inadequate care. She finally contacted the state’s Attorney General’s Office with her concerns. A hidden camera investigation revealed that the patient, who was incapacitated by a progressive disease, was not receiving nutrition or other necessary care.
The patient later died due to his disease and the neglect that he suffered. The New York Attorney General’s Office charged 17 employees with various crimes, including falsifying medical records and patient neglect. The nursing home has since hired more employees and has made changes in its administration. The widow has filed a civil suit against the company, alleging that the neglect contributed to her husband’s death. Kentucky residents who suspect that their loved one is also a victim of neglect or abuse are entitled to seek compensation through the civil court system.