Editorials

Overdue action on nursing home

Letcher Circuit Judge Samuel Wright and Attorney General Jack Conway did the right thing by temporarily putting a personal-care home in Jenkins under new management.

In granting the restraining order requested by Conway, the judge chided Golden Years Rest Home for subjecting residents to hazardous conditions and for being unable to account for a significant portion of residents' personal funds.

There will be a full hearing on the home's future next week.

If there's any question about putting the home under the supervision of a receiver, it's what took so long.

Golden Years, which is licensed to care for 44 residents, many of whom have mental disabilities or illnesses, has a long history of neglect and abuse, including a resident who wandered away and froze to death. Most recently, the home was cited for having no staff members on the floor when a resident was injured in a fight with another resident.

The home's former administrator has been indicted for stealing money from residents' federal checks.

Conway, who has said he wants the home to stay open, was able to intervene to preserve the organization's assets. Golden Years is a non-profit, and the AG is responsible for protecting charitable assets.

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