Group says nursing home staffing levels dire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A nursing home advocacy group is asking
Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session or sign an executive
order that would raise staffing levels at long-term care
facilities.
Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform said in a news release
Friday that problems in long-term care facilities are out of hand,
and lack of sufficient staff to care for residents is the cause.
The nonprofit Lexington group says it was prompted to take
action in the wake of the death of 32-year-old Larry Lee of
Lebanon, who wandered away from a personal care home in Falmouth
last month and was found dead.
Two state lawmakers, Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Democratic
Rep. Terry Mills, helped search for Lee and have said they want to
introduce legislation to make improvements to long-term care
facilities.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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