The Boston Globe recently reported that 28 percent of Massachusetts nursing home residents were given antipsychotic medication in 2009, according to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, of that group, more than one out of every five did not have a medical condition that warranted the use of antipsychotic medication.
According to the article, drugs are often given to patients with dementia. But these drugs put them at risk for serious side effects, including death.
An official representing Massachusetts nursing homes has agreed that the number is high and acknowledges that more training is needed.
When a loved one is in a nursing home, we trust that they are receiving care and attention appropriate for their condition. But mistakes can happen. If you have questions about the care that your family member in a skilled nursing facility is receiving, contact the attorney team at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.