Health and Family Services
When researching Kentucky nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (KCHFS) website is an invaluable resource at your disposal. The Kentucky CHFS website can be found at the following address: http://chfs.ky.gov/.The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is the home of Kentucky’s public health and health care programs, as well as many of the state’s human services. The Cabinet consists of several different agencies and departments that each contribute towards bettering the health and welfare of Kentucky citizens. Such agencies and departments include the Department for Aging and Independent Living, Department for Medicaid Services, the Department for Public Health, the Department for Family Resource Centers and Volunteer Services, and the Department for Community Based Services, to name a few.
The CHFS website contains extensive information on the state’s numerous publicly-funded programs, including a page specifically dedicated to serving senior citizens. On the website, you can find information on topics such as Medicaid, finding employment after age fifty-five, non-emergency medical transportation, community-based adult social groups, information about diseases commonly affecting senior citizens, and even adult abuse.
The website also contains several helpful links to assist you in navigating the sea of information available on the internet. For example, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services website provides a link to a list of all certified assisted living communities in the state of Kentucky. Additionally, the site has a link to the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The Ombudsman Program oversees all long-term care facilities located in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The state’s volunteer ombudsmen seek to protect long-term care residents, educate the public about issues affecting senior citizens (specifically those citizens living in long-term care facilities), advocate for changes in the law and other regulations, and perhaps most importantly, the ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints levied against long-term care facilities. When complaints arise, the ombudsmen investigate by visiting the facility identified in the complaint. They work to have a complaint resolved quickly and confidentially, and before lawyers get involved.
If you have to choose a nursing home for someone you love, this process can be difficult and may seem overwhelming because there are so many options. This is why whether you need to choose a long-term care facility or nursing home for the one you love or need to report abuse or neglect that your loved one may be suffering , the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is a valuable resource to use and consult. This way you can choose the long-term care facility or nursing home that is best for the one you love and you can feel better about your decision. If you need their services to report abuse or neglect, you can be assured that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services will do everything within their power to properly investigate any claim and to provide protection and safety for the ones you love so that the problem does not happen again.