Recent studies have confirmed what professionals have long feared. Many nursing homes, in an effort to make staff members' jobs easier, will occasionally overprescribe medication or prescribe unnecessary medicine to their residents. One investigation conducted by NPR found that an excessive number of nursing home residents received antipsychotic drugs even though they did not have a condition that warranted such medication.
When it comes to choosing a nursing home, assisted-living, or retirement home for your elderly parent, the more you learn about the facility the better. If you do not screen homes carefully, your loved one could find her or himself living in a place where the most basic of needs are not met.
Nursing home abuse might seem like an issue that occurs only rarely. However, it is shockingly prevalent. In fact, a report from ABC News showed that nearly one out of every three nursing homes had at least one instance of abuse occur. Some of the most common problems that happen include inadequate sanitation, dehydration, and bedsores.