Inspectors found 389 deficiencies at 66 Kentucky nursing homes in the last three months of 2010. Ten of the nursing homes inspected had 10 or more deficiencies. Two of them, one in Elizabethtown and one in Winchester, had none.
Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, a non-profit organization that advocates for nursing home residents, obtained the data through an open-records request to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
On average, inspectors find six deficiencies in Kentucky’s nursing homes, according to Medicare’s nursing-home comparison data. A recent report by the state inspector general in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services shows 25 nursing homes had more than six deficiencies and 10 of them had 10 or more deficiencies.
Inspections assess a facility on the care of residents and how that care is administered; on how staff and residents interact; and on its environment. Certified nursing homes must meet more than 180 regulator standards.
Though several proposals were considered by the General Assembly this year to improve the care of and protect nursing home residents, none passed.
The nursing homes inspected in the last three months of 2010 that had 10 or more deficiencies were: Britthaven of Pineville (17 deficiencies); Signature Healthcare of Pikeville (14); Signature Healthcare of East Louisville (13); West Liberty Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (13); Golden Living Center-Camelot, Louisville (12); Kingsbrook Lifecare Center, Ashland (12); Life Care Center of Morehead (12); Knox County Hospital, Barbourville (11); Nim Henson Geriatric Center, Jackson (11), and Villaspring of Erlanger (10).
Nursing facilities inspected recently with no defiencies were at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown; and Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester.