Ricky Hamilton, the husband of Kimberly Hamilton, has filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against Kenwood Nursing Home and the facilities parent company, Extendicare in Madison Circuit Court. The lawsuit alleges the nursing home deviated from acceptable standards of care and failed to maintain a safe environment. The lawsuit made a ‘jury demand’ and seeks an award of medical expenses, attorney fees and punitive damages.
Kenwood Nursing Home is part of the Richmond Health and Rehabilitation Complex in Richmond, Kentucky. The facility has has several smalling nursing homes on the property including Kenwood and Madison Manor.
Madison Manor has a well-documented history of problems. In 2008, the facility received a Type-A citation from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services after officials obtained a copy of a video documenting abuse of a resident. Following disclosure of the video, 9 staff members were fired and a new training program was implemented for the staff.
Nursing home ombudsman Kathy Gannoe, said her agency received 26 complaints regarding 14 Madison Manor residents in 2008. After investigating each claim, Gannoe determined 80% of the charges were verified.
Amazingly, the Kentucky nursing home had even more complaints in 2007. In 2007, nursing home ombudsmen investigated 56 complaints relating to 26 residents. According to Gannoe, 96.5% of the complaints were verified and one-quarter of the complaints were referred to law enforcement.
Extendicare Homes Inc. is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. The company was recently named in a class action lawsuit for violating consumer-protection laws by advertising “quality standards above government regulations” that they failed to deliver. Extendicare is one of the largest nursing-home chains in North America. The company runs 268 facilities for up to 30,000 residents. Nearly all of Extendicare’s nursing facilities have higher-than-average scores for health deficiencies and safety violations.
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