Have you ever visited someone in a Kentucky nursing home and noticed a number of residents sitting slumped in their chairs? Did you wonder if this was a consequence of their medical condition or if, perhaps, they were being overmedicated?
An Unfortunate Circumstance
Before nursing homes were carefully regulated and inspected, many controlled their residents by overmedicating them. Residents who were given large doses of antipsychotic drugs slept most of the time, reducing the amount of time and attention needed from staff.
Some residents truly need antipsychotic medication to calm them if they are experiencing psychological pain, but many times this was not the case, and staff members were making their admittedly stressful jobs easier.
Put yourself into the situation: You are an elderly individual. Your family is unable to take care of you at home, so they find a room for you in a Kentucky nursing home. You’re still alert, with interests and desires, but the nursing home is understaffed. To make your care easier and less time consuming, they regularly give you so much medication that you feel doped up all the time. Now it’s much harder to feel sympathy for overworked caregivers, isn’t it?
Thankfully, even though some states may not have regulations that prohibit overmedication or don’t enforce them sufficiently, oversight and inspections have significantly reduced the incidence of overmedication for resident control. The best way to ensure that your relative is receiving appropriate levels of medication is to observe and to keep in touch with his or her doctors.
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