A woman tasked with the care and treatment of elderly residents now faces criminal charges for allegedly doing the exact opposite. While troubling, these types of nursing home neglect allegations are not unique or uncommon in California. For those who have no choice but to seek outside care for an elderly loved one, this news can be especially upsetting.
While employed as a nurse at a residential nursing care facility, the woman apparently administered the wrong medication to one of the patients. Although the patient was supposed to receive cough medicine, the nurse somehow accidentally gave her a narcotic pain reliever. Because of the size of the dose, the patient suffered from an overdose, but the nurse supposedly failed to reach out for help.