2:35pm

Wed July 27, 2011
Science/Health

Hundreds of Nursing Home Deficiencies

A recent quarterly report issued by the state found 291 deficiencies in Kentucky's nursing homes and advocates say they see see little change each quarter. The information, obtained through an Open Records request by Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, shows only one nursing home, Tanbark Health Care Center in Lexington, boasting no deficiencies. Meanwhile, nine facilities had 10 or more. 

Bernie Vonderheide with Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform says, while most of the problems cited were relatively minor, they shouldn't be ignored. 

"Any deficiency where you're taking care of vulnerable human beings is a big deficiency because you're dealing with people who need very careful attention," he said. 

Vonderheide says increased staffing could cut down on the number of deficiencies.