Nursing home abuse takes many different forms, but one of the most dangerous types of abuse involves the overmedication of patients. Patients with dementia are particularly vulnerable to this type of abuse, although it could happen to anyone who is living in a nursing home. Abuse of medication can change a senior’s personality, increase the risk of falls, cause serious health conditions and even cause death. Yet, despite the risks, overmedication happens every day in nursing homes throughout the country.
The problem stems from the fact that the behavior of some nursing home patients is difficult to control. This is especially true of patients with advanced dementia, as these patients may become anxious and aggressive. Staff members may not know how to deal with patients, or may not wish to expend the energy to provide appropriate care for troubled nursing home residents. Instead of providing adequate and appropriate care, patients are medicated with powerful anti-psychotic drugs to make them docile. An Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer should be consulted if this is happening to someone that you love who is in a nursing home. Continue Reading