Gov. Beshear Pledging Action On Nursing Home Problems

Nov 20, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear is pledging to improve nursing home care in Kentucky after receiving a report ranking the state near the bottom nationally.

In a Nov. 5th letter to Bernie Vonderheide, founder of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, the governor promises to take steps to address concerns about long-term care facilities. Beshear plans to launch open forums across the state to solicit ideas on improving care and have the Cabinet for Health and Family Services study the feasibility of increasing nursing home staffing.

Vonderheide contacted the governor in August to inform him of a study conducted by a Florida-based citizens advocacy group that graded states’ nursing home care on a scale of A to F. Kentucky received a “D” and ranked 40th overall.  

Another report by Aon Risk Solutions showed Kentucky paying $535,000 in annual liability costs at a 100-bed facility. Nationally that number is only $154,000.