Medication In Nursing Homes: Proper Distribution Is Key
As individuals get older, they become more susceptible to harmful conditions. However, they’re usually treated with various medications that can help remedy the symptoms of the condition or work to get rid of the condition entirely.
When your elderly loved one is a resident in a nursing home, you expect that they’ll be provided the medication in the proper dosage and when the instructions say. However, this doesn’t always happen, and certain mistakes can lead to even more damaging health conditions for your loved one.
Distributing Medication On Time
For many situations—such as enduring pain—there are certain time frames during which the elderly individual can receive medication. Usually, they’re not to exceed the recommended dosage in a 24-hour period and they must wait so long before receiving more medication.
When the nursing home fails to adhere to the time restraints on the instructions, they put the elderly individual in harm’s way. Taking too many doses can prove to be harmful to the individual over the long run and may result in health problems.
Ensuring Residents Receive the Right Medication
One of the most important things a nursing home can do is ensuring there is a system in place to prevent medications from becoming mixed or confused. If this happens, there is a possibility that a resident may receive the wrong medication, which can have serious consequences.
Providing the wrong medication can cause allergic reactions or make it so whatever ailment a resident has is not properly treated. This can allow the condition to worsen and the resident to suffer. It’s imperative that the staff provides residents with the right medication at the right time by following the instructions provided.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we know how medication errors can result in significant injuries. As such, we work hard to help nursing home residents and their families recognize what legal options they have and how they can move forward during such a difficult time.
If your elderly loved one suffered any kind of harm in a nursing home because of negligence, our Oregon nursing home abuse attorneys are here to help you pursue the justice you deserve. We’re ready to help you every step of the way.