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The nursing home failed to give my loved one his prescription medication and he got sick. Is that nursing home neglect?

Failure to attend to your relative’s medical needs may constitute nursing home neglectThe failure to provide a nursing home resident with prescription medication could be a form of nursing home neglect or abuse. In order to know whether this medication error was the result of neglect or abuse in your loved one’s situation, you would need to know more information.

You Need to Know Why the Mistake Happened

If your loved one was of sound mind and refused to take her medication even after reasonable attempts by nursing home staff to get her to take the drugs, then nursing home staff may not have been abusive or neglectful. Reasonable attempts include not only encouraging your loved one to take her medication, but also bringing the problem to the attention of a nurse or doctor.

However, nursing home staff may have been abusive or neglectful if the medication error occurred because:

  • They purposefully withheld prescribed medication from your loved one.
  • They did not offer the medication to your loved one on the schedule provided by the prescribing doctor.
  • They did not confirm that your loved one had taken the medication before they leaving the room.
  • They did not document their administration of the medication in your loved one’s chart.
  • They provided your loved one with the wrong medication.

You may not immediately know what caused your loved one to miss a dose of the medication her doctor prescribed for her. However, you have the right to find out what caused the missed medication and resulting injuries. Please call us today at 1-800-800-5678 to get the help that you need to protect your loved one’s rights and recovery.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham