August 31, 2011
A California woman is suing Country Villa nursing home of Seal Beach, California for giving her an antipsychotic medication in order to chemically restrain her. She also claims the nursing home tried to collect her Social Security checks.
State invetigators found that the woman had indeed been given the wrong medication, an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia. She was given the medication for anxiety but, by the nursing homes own policy, antipsychotic drug, should not be used on patients if their only symptom is anxiety.
She was also continually given a drug for dementia, against doctors orders to cease giving her the medication.
The lawsuit claims that all of these unnecessary drugs left the woman disoriented and the nursing home tried to collect her Social Security payments.
A spokesperson for Country Villa said that patient safety is their first priority and all allegations of nursing home abuse are investigated and handled appropriately.
We advise anyone who believes they have been a victim of nursing home abuse to contact a nursing home abuse attorney as you may be entitled to financial compensation.