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Kentucky registry records elder abuse, neglect

August 8, 2014
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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A registry that went into effect July 15 in Kentucky will enable long-term care employers and families looking for caregivers to view a list of people who have records of substantiated maltreatment of adults who were in their care in institutions or home settings.

The registry was established via Senate Bill 98, which was signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear April 10 and was ceremonially signed by him Aug. 4, according to a news announcement. The state's Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, will maintain the list. It will include those found through DCBS investigations to have perpetrated abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults on or after July 15, 2014, when the registry went into effect. Only the names of those who have ehausted all appeal rights, including the right to an administrative hearing, will appear on the list.

The registry is expected to be accessible from the DCBS website later this year. It will be available 24 hours a day at no charge to users.



Kentucky has made a great action to address the issues of elder abuse especially those who are in long-term care facilities. With 13% of Kentucky's population comprised on seniors and elderly..., this can be an alarming issue if not addressed. In addition, in terms of long-term care, 1.7% of the total nursing facility residents in the U.S. in 2011 hailed from Kentucky which makes the residents of Kentucky vulnerable to elder abuse and neglect. Although there may be support organization that handles elder abuse across the US, having some way to prevent it is even better. This is because there are instances when elders are afraid to voice out or speak out about abuse due to fear and intimidation.