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Are nursing homes overmedicating residents?

Many Denver area families will need to make the agonizing decision to place their loved one in a nursing home. As the general population gets older, these facilities are necessary for those who can no longer take care of themselves. Many times, nursing homes are places where residents and their families can feel like they are well taken care of. But, occasionally, nursing home abuse occurs, which can be devastating to families.

There are many different forms of nursing home abuse. One form of abuse is giving medication to nursing home residents who do not need it. The FDA estimates that 15,000 nursing home patients die each year because they are given unnecessary medications. Many of these medications are antipsychotic medications that are given to residents to sedate them. Human Rights Watch estimates that 179,000 nursing home residents across the United States receive antipsychotic medications even though they do not have a medical diagnosis that would warrant it. Some say that nursing homes use these drugs to make up for staffing shortages and family members say their loved ones have been sedated and left for hours unattended.

Placing a loved one in a skilled nursing facility is not an easy decision. When families find out that their loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse, they may want to speak with an attorney. An attorney has experience in understanding how to spot the signs of nursing home abuse and can help a family understand their legal rights in these matters.

It is important that nursing homes and their staff are held accountable for their actions. Nursing home residents deserve a good quality of life and abuse should not be tolerated.

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