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What nursing homes and assisted living centers have the most abuse and neglect claims in Kentucky?

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Transitioning through a living situation can be tough enough without the added stress of wondering whether it will lead to abuse or neglect. It is vital to our personal comfort and to the good of the general public that information regarding nursing home and assisted living abuse is available for review.

Fortunately, you can learn a fair amount about the culture and quality of a nursing home or assisted living center by scanning credible data and ratings. While we cannot tell you specifically what homes to avoid, we can give you an analysis based on resources available to you.

For example, Medicare.gov can be a great resource. Medicare.gov provides nursing homes ratings based on a five-star system. These ratings pertain to health inspections, staffing and quality. For example, in Louisville alone there are several nursing homes that have only a 1-star rating for their overall score. But there are also many that carry a 5-star rating. Medicare.gov also provides the option to directly search for a home by the home’s name.

Specific Data To Consider Regarding Kentucky Nursing Homes

According to standards of health and human resources, 48% of nursing homes are below average or far below average for their overall ratings. When it comes to their staffing, the numbers are even worse. 53% of Louisville nursing homes are not properly staffed (per Medicare.gov). What this alarming statistic means for the potential resident: You have nearly a 53% chance of winding up in a home or facility where they are ill-equipped to adequately take care of you.

As of 2019, 10 out of 66 nursing homes within just a 25-mile radius of Louisville scored 5-stars under Medicare’s review system. A shocking 25 homes scored a 1-star rating, which means about 38% of your nursing home options in just this small Kentucky metro area potentially have poor systems across the board. And 22 homes have scored a 1-star rating in health inspection, while only seven scored 5-stars in this category.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS.gov) have more nursing home statistics and resources, including surveys and quality initiatives. You can also find additional information on nursing home conditions and resident rights in our free e-book which is available for download.

You May Want To Be Prepared

There are qualified lawyers who can help with these matters – both in research and preparation. It does not hurt to have an attorney ready in the unfortunate event of neglect or abuse.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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