A doctor, a nurse and a pharmacist have been criminally charged in connection with drugging some 22 nursing home residents with psychotropic medications simply to make them more tranquil. Read the article here. The article notes that 3 people may have died and one suffered great injury as a result. The attorney general noted:
‘These people maliciously violated the trust of their patients, by holding them down and forcibly administering psychotropic medications if they dared to question their care” . . . ‘This is appalling behavior, which amounts to assault with a deadly weapon.’
Laws protect nursing home residents from abuse and neglect; however, the only way to determine if such is even happening is to communicate often with your loved ones. Ask questions. Ask their neighbors questions. Ask the staff how your loved one is. Review their medical records and nurses notes when you can to determine if they are receiving the care, medications and attention required. If not–get them out of the home!