There is a lot of discussion regarding nursing home rights and the goal of a Regional Aging Capital in the Louisville area. A recent article in Forbes discussed the commitment of Louisville city leaders and local health care plans to supplement the traditional model of institutional living for seniors in Louisville. The model is based upon shifting from a traditional nursing home or extended care facility to communities focused upon more independent living. While this presents tremendous opportunities for Louisville and surrounding communities it also brings a tremendous challenge into focus: the quality of care and the amount of injuries and neglect in Louisville nursing homes and extended care facilities.
The aging of society is one of the most significant long term issues we face as a community and as a society in general. The US Census Bureau projects an increase in the 65+ year old population from roughly 15% today to nearly 21% in 30 years. People are living longer, and the number of American’s over the age of 85 is expected to triple by 2050.
It is time to have a focused public conversation regarding nursing home rights and the goal of a Regional Aging Capital here in Louisville. Presently we are experiencing a systemic failure of care in Kentucky nursing home. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported an average of two falls per year for every bed in existing nursing homes. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that nearly a third of Kentucky (and national) nursing homes are in violation of the Kentucky statutes establishing resident rights.
Nursing home falls often result in serious injury to patients including broken bones and fractures, serious head injuries and in many cases serious injuries which result in wrongful death. HLH represents those who are injured in a nursing home due to inappropriate care, lack of supervision or neglect. While we welcome the local initiatives to improve the living conditions and standard of care for retiring seniors we must recognize the hazardous conditions which exist in many existing nursing homes and extended care facilities.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a fall at a Louisville or Kentucky nursing home or has suffered due to neglect we invite you to contact HLH or call (502) 583-9701 to speak with an experienced nursing home and elder abuse attorney for a free consultation. There is no cost to you out of pocket as we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis.
We support the work of our community leaders as they work toward nursing home rights and the goal of a Regional Aging Capital here in Louisville and to improve the quality of life for seniors. This represents tremendous economic opportunity for Louisville and the chance to reduce the amount of injuries and increase the quality of life experienced by seniors in extended care.