Physical Abuse in Kentucky Nursing Homes
Louisville, KY, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect AttorneyPursuant to Kentucky and federal law, residents of assisted-living facilities 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 residents suffer from medical problems, they are at increased risk of suffering serious injuries from any form of physical abuse. For example, many 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) can make residents susceptible to suffering lacerations, bruises, tears, and abrasions.
Examples of Physical AbuseSome 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 an 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.
Causes of Physical AbusePhysical abuse of nursing home residents can occur for numerous reasons. Some common ones include:
- Failing to conduct adequate background checks on staff;
- Hiring staff members who have a history of physical abuse;
- Failing to properly train or supervise staff members; and
- Inadequate staffing levels.