Three former managers at a Kern County nursing home have been arrested in the deaths of three residents who were given needless doses of psychotropic medications. How does this happen?
Over 20 residents at a skilled nursing center run by the Kern Valley Healthcare District were drugged for what was documented as "staff convenience". Many of them experienced side effects that included dramatic weight loss, slurred speech, tremors and even psychosis.
According to the LA Times, arraignement is scheduled this morning for the center’s one-time medical director, Dr. Hoshang M. Pormir, former nursing director Gwen D. Hughes and former chief pharmacist Debbi C. Hayes.
All three of these people have been charged with elder abuse. Hughes and Hayes are accused of administering shots by force and without consent, leading them to face charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Many people do not realize that this sort of thing DOES happen in nursing homes. It’s called nursing home abuse and it is quite simply unacceptable. If you believe that someone you care about may have been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a nursing home abuse attorney right away.