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Wrong medications compromise nursing home residents’ health

Making the move to a nursing home is not one that you and your loved one choose lightly. However, if you are unable to provide round-the-clock care, you may be concerned that dementia or immobility issues may put him or her in danger. When health care providers at the long-term care facility prescribe and administer medications that are unnecessary, your loved one’s life may be at risk. We at Galligan & Reid, P.C., have offered legal counsel to many families who have had to deal with this type of nursing home abuse.

NPR reports that as a resident’s family member, you must be presented with a consent form for medication. However, studies indicate that many people have been told that the physician believed the drugs were necessary, trusted the information, and then signed the forms without researching the medication and its possible reactions or side effects. Because of this, investigators have discovered that doctors in facilities across the country have been prescribing antipsychotics to nursing home residents.

There are many issues that elderly patients who take this type of medication may develop. Not only could it affect your loved one’s mental state, often causing confusion, it also increases the chances of a fall. If a doctor is seeking consent for a prescription, he or she is also required to provide the information to you that allows you to weigh the risks and benefits, and make the decision based on those factors.

Nursing home facilities have the duty to provide the best quality of life for your loved one, including the dispensing of only those medications that are needed. More information on this topic is available on our web page.

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