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Drugs used to restrain nursing home residents

According to a report issued by Human Rights Watch, nursing home residents in Kentucky and the rest of the country who have dementia are given antipsychotic drugs on a regular basis so that they are more easily managed. This is in direct contradiction to nursing home regulations that prohibits the use of drugs as chemical restraints. It is also despite the fact that antipsychotic drug use is linked to a higher risk of death in dementia sufferers.

Nursing home abuse

Many people living in Kentucky eventually need to move into a nursing home or will need to place family members in one. While everyone hopes that they or their loved ones will receive compassionate, competent care, abuses do occur. In such cases, it is important that victims and their families have recourse against the facility.

Nursing home abuse often goes unreported to police

Kentucky families who rely on a nursing home facility to provide the daily care of a loved one may be interested to learn that about 25 percent of possible cases of abuse went unreported to police during 2015 and 2016. This is despite the fact that there is a federal law that requires all nursing homes to contact authorities immediately if physical or sexual abuse against a patient is thought to have occurred.

Nursing homes may return to arbitration agreements

Those considering Kentucky nursing homes for the care of their loved ones may want to know about proposed rule change that could shield facilities from lawsuits. A prior rule allowed facilities that receive federal funding to use mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts; however, they could not demand consent to arbitration as a condition of admittance. The new rule proposed in July would allow the inclusion of pre-dispute arbitration clauses as a condition of serving patients and their families.

Hidden camera captures nursing home abuse

Placing elderly relatives who are no longer able to care for themselves in a long-term medical facility can be a difficult and emotional process for Kentucky families. Media reports about nursing home abuse and neglect are not uncommon, and one such story involves a Minnesota woman who placed a hidden camera in her 94-year-old father's room after her efforts to get to the bottom of his deteriorating health proved fruitless.

Radiologists often not trained to detect elder abuse

Elder Kentucky residents are often at risk for suffering abuse. However, it can be difficult to detect abuse in the elderly, especially if the person cannot communicate about the mistreatment they are suffering either at home or in a nursing home. Radiologists are often highly trained to detect cases of abuse in children. With the proper training, they could also be able to assist with elder abuse cases.

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