There are many things that accompany old age, and the increase in the numbers of medication is no exception. In fact, the majority of health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and stroke, occur in elderly citizens, requiring them to take numerous medications. As such, properly managing medications in the elderly is an important task that should be a high priority in nursing homes.
While well-run nursing homes that hire sufficient and expert nursing staff ensure that their residents’ medication intake and dosage are properly maintained, other facilities are not as conscientious. This is probably why giving patients the wrong medication and overdosing patients are a common type of nursing home abuse and neglect.
The consequences of providing elderly residents the wrong type of medication can be serious and even fatal. For instance, if one resident is receiving another resident’s high blood pressure medication instead of her own diabetic medication, both patients can be facing serious health problems.
While most nursing home staff members do not engage in providing wrong medication to residents on purpose, it can nevertheless be a fatal mistake that will put the reputation of the nursing home facility at risk. The majority of this type of abuse often occurs because the nursing home is understaffed and the current staff are overwhelmed.
While providing the wrong type of medication is often an unintentional type of abuse, there are also more sinister acts in which nursing home facility staff purposely over residents. In most cases, these unscrupulous staff members intentionally give a higher dosage of certain medication in order to subdue the residents.
In fact, according to a 2010 study conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than 17% of nursing home residents are given a higher dosage of antipsychotic drugs.
Nursing Home Abuse? We Can Help
Over dosage of medication can have serious or even fatal side effects in elderly residents. If you suspect that your elderly loved one has been victim to any form of medication abuse, you should contact an experienced Orange County nursing home abuse attorney at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. We can help you and your elderly loved one get the justice and money damages they deserve.
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