Nursing homes or extended care facilities were developed for those who are not able to live by themselves. These facilities provide the daily care that is most vital in the survival and recovery of patients, who are most often the elderly. Deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home can definitely be a difficult decision for Kentucky families. Although nursing homes were put in place to provide nurturing care, nursing home abuse can lead to permanent injuries and even the untimely death of residents.
Recently, a lawsuit was filed by a widow in another state after alleged negligent care in a nursing facility led to the death of her husband. Allegedly, the man broke his hip in a fall and was admitted to a nursing home for extended care until the man could make a recovery and move back home. According to the lawsuit, workers at the facility failed to take care of him.
The lawsuit claims that the man was bathed only four times despite being a resident at the facility for over a month. Allegedly, the man also suffered bed sores. The plaintiff says that she was eventually told that her husband had to be transferred to another nursing facility due to insurance. The man was there for a week before being taken to a hospital, and he passed away a short time after, the lawsuit says.
The majority of nursing home staff in the state of Kentucky are highly trained and skilled professionals. However, nursing home abuse continues to occur at an alarming rate. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to this type of neglect may be able to take legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed compensation to help families navigate this painful experience.