The need for change and accountability in the nursing home industry
Disturbing headlines have appeared in newspapers throughout the country after a man allegedly raped a woman at a Cincinnati nursing home on Sunday. A 57-year-old man has been accused of raping a fellow patient who he had a prior relationship with.
Antipsychotic drugs present serious risks to elderly people suffering from dementia, including those with Alzheimer's. For these people, antipsychotic medication brings an increased risk of infections, heart failure and death. Yet, nursing homes continue to administer antipsychotic meds to patients suffering from dementia, sometimes even using antipsychotics as a means of controlling unwanted behavior.
Ohio officials recently shut down Autumn Health Care Nursing Home in Zanesville after witnessing shockingly poor care at the facility. The patient care was so horrible that the Ohio Attorney General's Office is considering filing criminal charges.