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When the wrong medication is prescribed, countless problems could result—or even death. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide website, studies show that 37 percent of all medical errors experienced by nursing home residents are medication errors. Consult your pharmacist to make sure your medication matches your illness.
When nursing home staff is busy or simply lacking in numbers, hygiene may soon be neglected. Germs can spread when bathrooms are not properly sanitized, when nurses forget to wash their hands before going on to another patient, or when kitchen staff fail to dress properly or handle food safely.
* While these are not the only possible signs of abuse, nor are they guaranteed to indicate neglect or abuse, but these are common indicators.
According to the Federal Government’s Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States have been reported for cases of abuse and neglect. These cases are becoming more common as nursing homes are putting emphasis on making profit rather than on taking care of their patients.
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A physical or chemical restraint limits movement and restricts access to your own body. Nursing homes may not use any restraints excessively, nor for discipline or the staff’s convenience.
Doctors should issue restraints for nursing home residents only when (1) it is medically necessary, (2) all other methods have failed, or (3) other residents must be kept safe. If a restraint is ordered, the doctor is required to notify the resident’s contact.