Nursing Home Abuse And Medication In North CarolinaAlthough many people are aware of the most common types of nursing home abuse and neglect (including bedsores, bruising, the improper use of restraints, malnutrition, and dehydration), not everyone is familiar with a quickly-growing issue in North Carolina adult care facilities: nursing home abuse and neglect that relates to your elder loved one's medication.
There are two main types of nursing home abuse and neglect that involves your loved one's prescription medication: overmedication and failure to medicate:
· Nursing home failure to medicate. As we age, it becomes increasingly likely that we require a number of prescription medications to live life fully. These medications could include painkillers, blood pressure medication, diabetes medication, arthritis medication, and medication for memory loss. However, negligent nursing homes may administer your loved one's medication rarely, sporadically, or not at all, drastically lowering their quality of life. Not having their prescribed medications can lead to the escalation of their condition, further health problems, and even death. If your loved one is not getting his or her pain medication, they could live the remainder of their years in constant agony. There are two main reasons for nursing home failure to medicate. Nurses may simply be negligent in administering medical care, or nurses or staff may be stealing the medications either to use or to sell on the street.
· Nursing home overmedication. Nursing homes may also be overmedicating your loved one. Instead of physically restraining nursing home patients who may suffer from dementia, Alzheimer's, memory problems, or behavioral problems, some nursing home staff may overmedicate "problem" patients by giving them too much medication and rendering them unresponsive, bedridden, or even comatose.
If you believe your loved one may be a victim of failure to medicate or overmedication, speak to an experienced North Carolina nursing home abuse attorney.