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Nursing Home Use of Antipsychotic Drugsnew report by AARP exposes the overuse of antipsychotic and other dangerous medications to nursing home patients. According to nursing home statistics from the University of California, one in five nursing home patients are given antipsychotic drugs that are unnecessary. These drugs are also often extremely dangerous, especially for elderly patients.

A major issue with many nursing homes is they are understaffed. There should be one CNA to every seven patients, but the average nursing home ratio is one CNA for every 15 patients. There are also very few physicians on staff at nursing homes.

Antipsychotic drugs are given to patients as a “chemical restraint” to keep patients who may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other conditions sedated and quiet. Many drug manufacturers marketed these drugs to nursing homes to be used in this manner. Last year, several drug companies were fined more than $2.2 billion for touting the use of antipsychotics to nursing homes, even though the companies knew the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had not approved their use in elderly patients.

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Posted on in Nursing Home Abuse
nursing home abuse IMAGEAs parents age, it can be scary for their children, and there may not be many options for their care. Many elderly couples continue to live at home, perhaps in an elderly community with extra assistance. When there is only one living partner, or the pair has divorced, they may reach a point where they are no longer able to live alone. In some cases, the elderly person can live with a family member; in some cases they move to a nursing home. If that’s the case, you want to be sure that your parent will be safe and well taken care of in your chosen facility, with little chance of elderly neglect. A study conducted found that nursing home abuse occurs in about one third of all nursing homes in the nation. This includes verbal, sexual, and physical abuse of varying degrees. ABCNews.com reported that this study found almost 9,000 citations for abuse from 5,283 facilities across the country in two years, and the abuse has been on the rise since 1996. Incidents serious enough to cause harm to the resident or put the resident in immediate risk of death or serious injury account for 1,601 citations. Other common problems include:
  • Dehydration;
  • Malnutrition;
  • Inadequate medical care;
  • Untreated bedsores;
  • Inadequate sanitation;
  • Inadequate hygiene.
Specific documents reported residents suffering from the following by either nursing home staff or other residents:
  • Punches;
  • Slaps;
  • Kicks;
  • Being choked
  • Sometimes causing lacerations or broken bones.
If you have a family member in a nursing home and you are concerned about the well-being and the safety of him or her, do not wait to take action. If your loved one has even suffered minor abuse at a nursing home, contact an accidents attorney in New Braunfels, Tex. today. Attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm will help you to protect your elderly family member from dangerous nursing homes today.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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