A nursing home worker from Rochester, New York has admitted to stealing drugs from one of her residents at Heather Heights Assisted Living Facility. This apparently unsupervised employee systematically stole approximately 650 pills, including 230 oxycodone pills, by replacing them with similar looking pills. This should not be confused with pills that have a similar effect, only those that have a similar appearance imagine all the pain her resident was in and not receiving the appropriate medication, imagine further that the supervisors had no idea what was happening. She ultimately plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted fraud. This thief is only expected to receive a sentence of probation and four weekends in jail. Society must begin to care more about our vulnerable society and begin to punish the criminals and their employers.
Stealing medication is not only dangerous but also a violation of trust by the Assisted Living Facility and their employees. This type of crime leads not only to changed medications but also affects the care and treatment of every resident of the facility. The larger issue is what policies were put in place by the Assisted Living Facility to stop this dangerous theft from happening. When visiting a loved one in a home, make sure to check all of their medication. It may look similar, but make sure to check for any uncommon side effects. When it comes to medication, the situation is always serious. In fact ask the staff at your facility what policies are in place to prevent both stealing of medication and giving unnecessary medication. This may very well be the difference between life and death. If your loved one has experienced any situation that deals with medicine abuse, please contact The Javerbaum Wurgaft Nursing Home Group today.