If you are thinking about placing a loved one in a Kentucky nursing home, you may want to think again. After you learn about the meager care patients are receiving in Kentucky’s nursing homes, and the poor overall ratings given to them, you may want to relocate your loved one to another state. If it is too late, and your loved one currently resides in a Kentucky nursing home, you may want to consult with a nursing home lawyer to explore your potential options.
Kentucky Nursing Homes Rated 48th out of 50 U.S. States
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) uses a five-star rating system for nursing homes in each state and gives the state an overall rating. CMS considers the state inspection score along with the staffing ratio of nurses to patients and 11 other criteria related to quality of care. Currently:
- Kentucky in general has received 2.9 stars.
- Nearly one-fourth of all nursing homes received only one star.
- Twenty percent received only two stars.
- Of all complaints filed, nearly 90 percent of them turned out to be true after an investigation.
- Kentucky ranks 48th among all states. In other words, only two states are worse than Kentucky when it comes to the level of nursing home care the residents receive.
In 2014, Nursing Home Report Card, issued by Families for Better Care (FBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improvement of nursing home care, gave Kentucky nursing homes an overall grade of “C.” FBC gave the state a “D” grade concerning the number of facilities that had documented deficiencies. This means that 94.76 percent of nursing homes were not complying with state and federal law and out of those, nearly 20 percent of the deficiencies were considered “severe.”
Specific Problems Found in Kentucky Nursing Homes
In October 2015, the Louisville Courier-Journal published an expose on the sad state of affairs of Kentucky nursing homes. The paper reviewed more than 100 state inspection reports from the previous three years and found multiple violations, resulting in nearly $16 million in fines being imposed. Some specific problems that were noted included, but were definitely not limited to:
- A serious scabies outbreak in one nursing home that lasted for several months and caused most of the residents to suffer from severe pain, itching and general discomfort.
- Residents wandering away from nursing homes in the dead of winter, being found in a bingo hall, just meandering down the street or walking along the side of the interstate.
- Several residents died after being neglected, left to lie in their own urine and feces.
Who is in Charge of Regulating Kentucky Nursing Homes?
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, is the regulatory agency charged with licensing and inspecting nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities. Kentucky has a Long-Term Care Ombudsman program to help resolve problems and improve nursing home care. If an Ombudsman cannot help you, perhaps nursing home abuse lawyer can.
Which Kentucky Nursing Homes are Rated Worst?
The CMS generates a list of Special Focus Facilities across the country, highlighting nursing homes with the most violations. Facilities added to this list are then inspected more often, and could lose their Medicaid and Medicare funding if they do not improve or graduate from the program. According to current CMS data, the worst rated nursing homes in Kentucky are below.
Signature Healthcare of Pikeville
260 South Mayo Trail
Pikeville, KY 41501
813 S Main Street
Brownsville, KY 42210