Some types of nursing home abuse in Kansas City are harder to detect than others, yet are just as serious. The improper use of medication, for example, may not result in bruises and broken bones, but may harm a patient nevertheless. Some nursing home employees use medications to chemically restrain a patient, or make the patient more compliant and easier to handle.

If your loved one is in a nursing home, it is important to be aware of the potential problem of improper prescription medication, to learn how to determine if it is happening to your loved one, and to know how to contact an experienced Kansas City nursing home abuse attorney for help. Nursing Home Abuse by Prescription Medication? Find Out if Your Loved One is at Risk
 
If you visit a nursing home resident and find that he or she is unusually calm, sedated, confused, or fatigued, then it is important to consider whether a medication could be the cause of the behavior change. Often you can find out by talking to the resident’s doctor. For example, you might ask the doctor:
 
  • Whether there have been any recent medication changes.
  • If changes were made, ask why they were made and who authorized the changes.
  • If changes were not made, ask the doctor to explain why your loved one appears different.
  • To test for the presence of antipsychotic or other medications in your loved one.

Prescription medication may have side effects and may alter your loved one’s abilities. Accordingly, prescription medication should only be given under direction of a doctor for an identified medical need and not to make a patient more compliant against his or her will.
 

Has Your Loved One Been Injured In A Nursing Home?

If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule a free consultation.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.