Identifying Over-Administration of Drugs to Elderly Loved Ones
One alarming form of elder abuse in nursing home environments happens to be the over-sedation or increased administration of drugs. This happens more often than people realize and unless this problem is identified, it will only continue and could even compromise elderly people’s health.
You may be wondering “why would a nursing home over-administer drugs to residents?” The answer is that sometimes staff or caregivers over-administer drugs to residents so they are calm and/or lethargic. When residents are in this physical state, it is believed that they will need less supervision and/or care.
If you have a loved one that is in a nursing home, be on the lookout for warning signs that are indicative of drug abuse. Some of these signs are:
- oversleeping or appearing tired all the time
- inattentiveness or difficulty speaking
- unexplained withdrawal from people, activities or day-to-day routines
If you notice these signs and are concerned that drug abuse may be a problem or suspect nursing home negligence, your best option is to obtain the services of a Raleigh personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help you put an end to this form of elder abuse and protect your loved one from future harm.
Nursing Home Abuse is a Growing Concern
Back in December 2009 a nursing home in Brooklyn was found guilty of negligence in the case of a patient who developed multiple bedsores under their care. At that time the patient’s family was awarded $4 million for pain and suffering, as well as $15 million for punitive damages for the nursing home negligence in trying to cover it up. This is the first case where a nursing home was hit with punitive charges.
Sadly enough, this is not an isolated case. Nursing home negligence is a growing concern across the country. Institutional elder abuse, as defined by the National Center on Elder Abuse, is “any several forms of maltreatment of an older person by someone who has a special relationship with the elder (a spouse, a sibling, a child, a friend, or a caregiver.”)
A report released by the University of California, San Francisco in 2009 showed that 44 percent of nursing homes failed to provide a safe environment, while 36 percent had food salutation regulations violations and 26 percent were cited the previous year for poor quality of care.
If you want to put an end to nursing home abuse, contact us to get help from a Raleigh personal injury attorney.