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Improper medication is a top nursing home complaint

Nursing home neglect takes many forms. Residents do not get the help they need with showers. Those who are immobile develop bedsores when they are not turned often enough. Residents are left alone and suffer dangerous falls. These are just three common examples.

One of the top complaints that family members have, though, deals with medication. The way it is distributed does not always go along with the recommendations from medical professionals. In the worst cases, a medication error could be fatal. Experts say that this was the No. 4 overall complaint in the United States, when ranking complaints simply by how common they were.

For instance, medications may be given to the residents, but those individuals may get them at the wrong time of day. For some medications, timing is critical, and the staff cannot just give them out when they have time. It has to be on the schedule.

In other cases, people did not get the right medications at all. A staff member could mix up two names on the chart, for instance, and then both of those people get the other person's medication.

This can be detrimental in two ways. First off, someone could have a reaction to the medication he or she was given, which he or she was never supposed to have. Secondly, even if there is no negative reaction, that person still does not get the benefit of the medication he or she needed and was supposed to receive.

Has one of your loved ones been harmed by a negligent mistake with medication? If so, you and your family must know what legal options you have.

Source: US News, "How to Monitor the Care of a Loved One in a Nursing Home," Michael O. Schroeder, accessed April 11, 2018

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