Physical Abuse in Kentucky Nursing Homes
Louisville, KY Nursing Home Physical Abuse and Neglect AttorneyPursuant to Kentucky and federal law, nursing home residents have the right to be free from physical abuse. All too often, however, our loved ones are physically abused by nursing home staff members. The use of physical force upon nursing home residents can lead to serious injuries.
Because many elderly nursing home residents suffer from medical problems, they are at increased of suffering serious physical injuries resulting from physical abuse. For example, many elderly nursing home residents suffer from osteoporosis (thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density), which places them at risk for suffering fractures. Similarly, decreased skin turgor (elasticity) places elderly or debilitated nursing home residents at risk for suffering lacerations, bruises, tears, and abrasions.
Examples of Physical Abuse in Kentucky Nursing HomesSome of the most common incidents of physical abuse in nursing homes include:
- Staff members punching, beating, slapping, pushing, or shoving residents with either a hand or object;
- Staff members shaking, kicking, or pinching residents;
- Using physical or chemical restraints when they are not ordered or clinically indicated;
- Pulling residents’ hair; and
- Feeding residents against their will.
Potential Signs of Physical Abuse in Kentucky Nursing HomesPhysical abuse of nursing home residents can occur for numerous reasons. Some common reason may include:
- Negligently failing to conduct adequate background checks on nursing home staff members;
- Negligently hiring staff members who have a history of prior physical abuse;
- Negligently failing to properly train or supervise nursing home staff members; and
- Inadequate staffing levels.