What is the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?
The ombudsman program is actually a federal program that began in 1972 as a provision of the Older Americans Act. The federal Administration on Aging administers the ombudsman program. Each of the 50 states has an ombudsman office within the state. The purpose of ombudsman program is to work with families and individuals to resolve problems faced by residents of nursing homes, personal care homes, and family care homes.
According to the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s website, the responsibilities of an ombudsman include:
- Providing information about long-term care services to residents;
- Representing residents’ interests by identifying, investigating, and resolving complaints;
- Educating and informing the public about long-term care issues;
- Recommending changes in laws and regulations related to the rights of residents;
- Advocating for changes that will improve the quality of life and care of residents;
- Representing the interest of a resident before a government agency; and,
- Seeking remedies to protect residents.
Ombudsmen may be able to help resolve some disputes; however, when your loved one is being abused or neglected, it is in your best interest to consult with an experience Louisville nursing home abuse attorney.
Why Do I Need A Louisville Nursing Home Abuse Attorney?
AAn attorney understands the laws that protect nursing home residents and the elderly within the state of Kentucky. Furthermore, a nursing home abuse attorney understands personal injury laws that can provide compensation for your loved one if he or she has been injured because of nursing home abuse. A monetary judgment cannot undo the harm that has been caused; however, it can help provide medical care and long-term personal care that your loved one needs.
In addition, a nursing home abuse lawsuit puts the matter front and center so the abuse and neglect can be exposed. This can prevent another resident and another family from going through the pain and anguish that you and your loved one has suffered because of nursing home abuse.
Contact your local ombudsman with nursing home complaints. However, if you suspect neglect or abuse, we recommend you contact our office to meet with a Louisville nursing home abuse attorney. Our attorneys offer free, no-obligation consultations. You can get the information you need to make an informed decision how to handle allegations of neglect or nursing home abuse.
Elder Abuse Is A Serious Problem
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), approximately one in ten Americans over the age of 60 are the victims of elder abuse. Elder abuse includes:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Financial Abuse
Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and elder abuse. Visit loved ones often and check for these signs and symptoms. If you suspect any abuse, take action immediately. Notify your ombudsman and contact our Louisville nursing home abuse attorney for a free consultation.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. Our Louisville elder abuse attorney wants to help you and your loved one seek justice from the parties responsible for the abuse.