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Report Suggests Nursing Home Injuries From Malnutrition and Chemical Restraint

 Posted on December 13, 2022 in Neglect

chicago nursing home neglect lawyerA report from the Human Rights Watch suggests that neglect and isolation caused serious injuries to many people living in nursing homes in recent years. The report claims that many residents did not receive the most basic needs to ensure a decent quality of life. Staffing shortages have been a longstanding issue that have only intensified in recent years. The quality of care diminished even more, exposing troubling trends. If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected at an Illinois nursing home, you have every right to try to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

Inappropriate Use of Psychotropic Medications

Psychotropic medications are used to treat mental disorders, including depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, some staff members inappropriately use the medications to subdue nursing home residents and keep them sleeping. The misuse of antipsychotic drugs and sedatives to control the behavior of nursing home residents is known as a chemical restraint. What is equally alarming is that this group found that these drugs are administered without obtaining consent from residents or their families. Side effects of the medication included confusion, lethargy, and sleepiness. In more serious cases, misuse of psychotropic medications can lead to death.


There are cases of extreme weight loss examined in this report. Malnutrition is physically apparent when proper nutrition is not taking place. Healthy meals are vital for elderly people due to vitamin deficiencies and age-related conditions. Special diets are often necessary because of their age and depending on their health condition. The risks of malnutrition are great, as it leads to a variety of problems, including increased risk for falls and fractures. Malnourishment is often the result of inadequate staffing, and it could be a red flag for nursing home negligence. 


One of the most common health issues affecting the aging population is dehydration. Lack of water will disrupt the way the body functions and can easily lead to other complications. This problem again goes back to a lack of staff which leads to neglect. Nursing home residents are especially susceptible since they rely on staff due to their limited mobility. It is also possible that some people have difficulty swallowing and need staff to help ensure water intake is consistent.

Contact a Chicago Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer

If a family member has suffered due to lack of medical care, neglect, or abuse at a nursing home, a Cook County nursing home abuse and neglect attorney can help you take legal action. At Schwartz Injury Law, we have secured numerous verdicts and settlements. Call 312-535-4625 for a free consultation.




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