Over-medication of the elderly with anti-psychotics has become widespread, baring sad and troubling consequences. Anti-psychotics are purportedly meant for only for a small percentage of the elderly, but many nursing home techs have been administering these dangerous drugs to seniors with dementia.
FDA warnings as of late have warned of an increased risk of death if this occurs, yet nursing homes are putting profit above all else in order to quiet hard to manage elderly patients in a cruel and careless manner. Contact a California nursing home abuse attorney if you are suspicious of your loved one unreasonably given medication or prescribed too high a dose in order to quiet them down.
In recent news, president Obama is enacting a new law that penalized nursing homes that unnecessarily admit seniors to hospitals. It’s estimated that 25% of nursing home admissions to hospitals may be preventable. The reason nursing homes are doing this is that it is paid for by tax payers and thus they do not have to staff their retirement centers as much and subsidize their costs to the hospitals.
Based on various data, it is estimated that nursing home abuse occurs to between 2 to 10 percent of all nursing home patients. Only 1 out of 6 cases of nursing home abuse, neglect, or other type of exploitation goes without being reported. Abuse ranges from physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, and neglect. Whether through negligence or intentional action, nursing home abuse has become an epidemic in California and throughout the United States. If you or someone you love has been hurt from a nursing home in Orange County, Los Angeles, or elsewhere in California, contact a California nursing home abuse lawyer today to ensure you get the help and compensation you deserve.