When VT nursing homes struggle, so do residents - VPR

Families need to know how their elderly relatives are being treated by nursing homes - as one family learned to their sorrow and dismay. Overmedication, violence, inattention to basic needs - it can all be happening. 

"They blamed her dementia at first. Then they learned that Our House Too was giving Marilyn daily doses of Haldol, a powerful and sedating antipsychotic drug. Her daughters arrived one day to discover Marilyn trying to feed herself, but she couldn't find her mouth with her fork. She was still in pajamas; her arm was smeared with excrement.

The final blow: The facility's owner revealed that an overnight staffer had been caught on camera shoving Marilyn to the floor. She walked away as Marilyn cried out in pain."


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