Whitesburg KY

Fewer inspectors, bigger budget for nursing home inspections


The number of nursing home inspectors in Kentucky has been declining over the last half-decade and an advocacy group for patients is worried.

The Lexington Herald- Leader reported the budget for inspections has increased at the same time the number of inspectors has shrunk from 90 in 2005 to 72 this spring.

The newspaper reported the budget for inspections, which comes from state and federal sources, has grown from $5.4 million in 2005 to $6.7 million for the current fiscal year.

Bernie Vonderheide, founder and president of the watchdog group Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, said the quality of care will suff er with fewer inspectors making rounds.

Inspector General Mary Begley of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said there are fewer inspectors because of staff turnover.

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