Many nursing home residents receive daily medications that must be administered appropriately by nursing home staff. The right dosage, medication and timing are some of the items that nursing home staff should be keeping aware of for each individual patient. Oftentimes, proper medication is a life or death situation for elderly patients. Overmedication is more common in patients who are receiving a significant amount of care, typically those who have Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

The Dangers of Overmedicating

Some nursing home residents are overmedicated with antipsychotic medications to suppress symptoms associated with their current condition. Federal laws prohibit the use of drugs for antipsychotic medications in nursing homes for this purpose. These drugs have often been used to sedate patients, but many do not recognize that these drugs can cause heart failure, infection and even death if given to patients with pre-existing medical conditions. Contact our lawyers at Roberts Law Firm, P.A. if you suspect your loved one is being overmedicated in a nursing home facility.