If you put your beloved parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle into a nursing home, how would you feel if you found out that the nurses and doctors at the home tied them up to a bed or wheel chair? How outraged would you be if you knew that the people you’re paying to look after the well-being of your loved one were physically restraining them just so they would be “less of a bother?” According to a recent report from the American Association for Justice entitled, “Standing Up for Seniors: How the Civil Justice System Protects Elderly Americans,” it turns out that what is happening in nursing homes with increasing frequency is not that far off. Instead of using ropes and chains though, nursing homes are using chemical restraints on seniors — psychotropic drugs that sedate or control behaviors.
According to the Standing Up For Seniors Report, the use of chemical restraints has been on the rise in the last few years. This is very disturbing to note. In addition to the injustice of getting the drug equivalent of chains and a muzzle, the consequences of chemical restraints are dangerous and even deadly for seniors. The use of antipsychotic medication for chemical restraining has been linked to problems like falling, confusion, delirium, hospitalizations, and even death.
In one particularly tragic case, a dementia patient suffered the ultimate price for chemical restraining. The patient, Robert Harris, had been described as “lively” and “energetic” before he entered the nursing home. Those who knew him described him as a regular “grumpy old man.” His grumpiness was evidently too much of a bother for the nursing home staff. The doctors categorized him as psychotic and needing to be “chemically restrained.” The nursing home placed Harris on two strong antipsychotics which caused him to become “an involuntary catatonic prisoner.” He stopped eating and drinking normally and lost 10% of his body mass within a month. The drugs made him go from being active and talkative to drowsy and confused. The drugs made things “easy” for the staff, but they killed Harris’ spirit. Eventually Harris developed incontinence and needed a catheter. The catheter was inserted incorrectly, punctured his urethra, and caused a massive infection which eventually killed him.
As the case of Robert Harris illustrates, the
Trial attorneys are helping seniors and their families deal with nursing homes and also tackling problems at their source. Not only are trial attorneys helping patients get freed from these chemical restraints at the nursing home level, they are also successfully bringing cases against huge pharmaceutical conglomerates who have exploited seniors by encouraging the use of antipsychotic drugs that were never intended for nursing home use.
Receiving Justice for Improper Use of Chemical Restraints
Do you think you or a loved one has been the victim of improper chemical restraints? Do you want to know your rights? Want to know what your case is worth? Want compensation? Want justice? Would you like to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to other senior citizens?
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