Changes in medication are one sign of neglect in nursing homes in Anaheim and throughout Orange County. According to a recent study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (MCS), nationally more than 17% of the patents in nursing homes and convalescent centers are given large doses of antipsychotic medications each day. Here in California, that number jumped to more than 25% of all those in senior care facilities.
The root cause for this strategy is under-staffing. California law strictly establishes the level of staffing required in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility as well as the standard of care we expect them to provide to the loved ones we entrust to their care. The strategy of over-medication allows the staff of a nursing home or skilled nursing facility to pay less attention to each patient, and is definitely a symptom of neglect.
It is a good practice to pay close attention to the medications given to any loved one in a nursing home or extended care facility. Changes in medication are one sign of neglect which should be considered as a red flag if the medication is an antipsychotic or another form of sedation.
Even if they are given the benefit of the doubt, and the over-medication is a mistake it is still illegal and we can hold them accountable. If you suspect that your loved one has been over-medicated with drugs and neglected in an Anaheim or Orange County nursing home we can take action. If you notice signs of neglect including restraints, bruising, dehydration and deeply set eyes you are right to be concerned. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell or call to speak with Rivers personally for a free consultation today at 949-305-1400. We will discuss your loved one’s care, and hold their care providers responsible and accountable.