In Chicago, what does a nursing home do when it’s understaffed? Break out the chemical restraints.


Elderly abuse in Chicago area nursing homes systemic by over drugging

MaryGSykes.com

Shamefully, in South Holland, this news story was recently reported:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/19/source-assisted-living-facility-tied-to-three-deaths-might-have-been-understaffed/

Dorothy Byrd, age 98 died of an overdose of chemical restraints:

Paris said it’s his understanding the nurse used painkillers to sedate seven seniors at Holland Home. Six fell ill and were rushed to hospitals. Byrd died the next day. Rundin and Krynicki died about a month later. The other three residents who were hospitalized on February 3 have now recovered.

According to Paris, Byrd was taking hydrocodone for back pain, but not at the levels found in her body when she died, and she was not prescribed any morphine, which also was found in her system in toxic levels.

Finally someone is noticing that nursing homes chemically restrain residents as desired.

Finally, a coroner is doing tox screens on the elderly instead of saying “oh well, she was old, wasn’t she”.

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