One alarming form of elder abuse in nursing home environments happens to be the over sedation or increased administration of drugs. This happens more often than most people realize and unless this problem is identified, it will only continue and could even compromise elderly people's health.
You may be wondering "why would a nursing home over administer drugs to residents?" The answer is that sometimes staff or caregivers over administer drugs to residents so they are calm and/or lethargic. When residents are in this physical state, it is believed that they will need less supervision and/or care.
If you have a loved one that is in a nursing home, be on the lookout for signs that are indicative of drug abuse. Some of these signs are:
§ oversleeping or appearing tired all the time
§ inattentiveness or difficulty speaking
§ unexplained withdrawal from people, activities or day-to-day routines
If you notice these signs and are concerned that drug abuse may be a problem or suspect nursing home negligence, your best option is to obtain the services of a Raleigh personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help you put an end to this form of elder abuse and protect your loved one from future harm.
Contact the Whitley Law Firm today to discuss your case with our team!