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Illinois Has Cited Half of Best Nursing Homes for use of Psychotropic Drugs

Half of Illinois’ nursing homes with ratings of four to five stars have been cited at least once sinse 2001 for misusing psychotropic drugs. Some of these nursing home violations have involved injuries and deaths. These findings show that the problem of psychotropic drugs occurs at all kinds of nursing homes. For example, Lake Forest Place is a five-star facility in Illinois. However, in 2003 it was cited for improperly using or monitoring psychotropic drugs given to six residents. One 95-year-old man was given the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa even though he displayed no psychotic behaviors. Another 89-year-old man was on antipsychotic medication without cause and on a sleeping pill at a dosage over recommended limits. Additionally, the five-star Hickory Nursing Pavilion gave a resident double the dosage of her psychotic drug. The state cited the home for increasing the dosage without reason. Deaths involving psychotropics have occurred at the Wauconda HealthCare and Rehabilitation Center and P.A. Peterson Center for Health. To read more about the compromised care, please click the link.