Kentucky ranked poorly in a recent nursing home survey conducted by a Florida advocacy group called Families for Better Care. The group graded the states based on their nursing home care. Kentucky was ranked 40th nationally and received a “D” due in part to the fact that 20 percent of Kentucky nursing homes were considered severely deficient. These deficient nursing homes have been cited for neglect, mistreatment and widespread abuse.
The survey further indicated that the Southeast was the lowest-ranked region in terms of its nursing homes, with Kentucky being the lowest ranked state within the region.
Sadly, instances of abuse occur far too frequently in Kentucky. Because of the defenseless nature of many nursing home residents, Kentucky has created statutes designed to protect them from abuse and neglect. Per these statutes, other than in exceptional and justifiable situations, nursing home residents cannot be subject to any type of mental and/or physical abuse and cannot be chemically or physically restrained.