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Nursing home abuse is a frightening problem in Kentucky and across the nation. Abuse and neglect can rob patients of their health, dignity, and sometimes even their lives. That is certainly a violation of federal and Kentucky state laws. But it is also a betrayal of trust that can never fully be restored for victims and their families.
According to 2010 census data, there are 578,227 people in Kentucky over the age of 65, a 14.5% increase from 10 years earlier. They join 39.6 million other older Americans who may eventually be placed in nursing homes due to declining health and an inability to manage their own affairs. All of them are at risk for abuse and neglect at facilities that fail to responsibly monitor their physical and mental well-being despite a professional obligation to do so.