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Nursing Home Overmedicated Cases

Nursing Home Overmedicated Cases – Today"s guest blog is by the Dinizulu Law Group in Chicago Illinois.

Is Your Loved One in a Nursing Home Being Overmedicated?

CHICAGO. It’s a family’s worst nightmare. You put your loved one in a nursing home to ensure he or she receives attentive care and takes medication on time. However, in far too many nursing home settings, nursing home negligence or neglect can result in patients either being overmedicated or getting injured due to overdoses. The Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. understand the real risk nursing home residents face when their medications are not carefully managed. However, some nursing home residents may be intentionally overmedicated by staff to manage their behavior.

Nursing Home Overmedicated Cases

Nursing Home Overmedicated Cases

According to NPR, as many as 300,000 nursing home residents are taking antipsychotic drugs to alleviate the anxiety and depression that can come along with a move to a nursing home, or as a result of Alzheimer’s, or dementia. While these drugs may alleviate symptoms in certain cases, they are designed to treat patients with a serious mental illness. They are not designed to treat dementia. These drugs also come with some serious risks, such as heart failure and death. In some cases, they can affect a person’s balance, leading to increased risk of falls.

While nursing homes are prohibited from using anti-psychotic medications to make caretaking easier for staff, the prevalence of these drugs might make it more likely for staff to use them when a resident becomes agitated. Families may be told that their loved one is receiving medication to treat their moods; unaware that they may be receiving serious anti-psychotic medications. In fact, when nursing homes fail to tell families about these drugs or their dangers, they run the risk of lawsuits. When families are legal guardians, they have the right to make medical decisions on behalf of their loved one. That includes making choices about whether major psychological medications should be prescribed.

Nursing Home Overmedicated Cases

Families with loved ones in nursing homes should ask to see a list of their loved one’s medications. According to a 2011 report, as many as 88 percent of Medicare claims for antipsychotics were to treat dementia. If you feel that your loved one may be receiving drugs he or she doesn’t need, you may need to explicitly ask the nursing home why your loved one is receiving the drug. If you feel that a nursing home’s use of antipsychotic drugs resulted in your loved one’s injury or death, you and your family may also have important rights under the law. Visit The Dinizulu Law Group to learn more about your rights and options.

According to AARP, more families are speaking out about the way their family members have been treated in nursing homes. Some families have sent their loved ones to nursing homes for physical therapy; only to learn that their family member was prescribed anti-psychotics to subdue them and make their care easier for staff. In some cases, the effect of these medications can be devastating. Some families report loved ones who are no longer verbal, no longer able to walk, and in the most serious cases, their loved ones have died. As many as 1 in 5 nursing home patients may be receiving these drugs. Because many patients are unable to consent, it is often the family’s responsibility to monitor medications.

 

Nursing Home Overmedicated Cases

 

Citations:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/12/08/368524824/old-and-overmedicated-the-real-drug-problem-in-nursing-homes

http://www.dinizululawgroup.com/practice/nursing-home-abuse

http://www.dinizululawgroup.com

http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2014/antipsychotics-overprescribed.html

2017-07-10T10:06:17+00:00

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