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    What would you do in this situation? This post contains nanas

    My Nan, who is 103, lives in an old folks home.
    My dad goes to see her every week, it's a hour away from where we live.
    He received a call from the person in charge the day before yesterday saying that they had given her room mates medication to her. It was an anti psychotic drug that slows down the heart. My nan has a weak heart so not really good for her. They called a doctor and he told them it could kill her.
    They kept her awake for the night and the next day she was still ok.

    Anyway it's all over now but my dad doesn't want to cause a fuss and is even worried for the nurse (or equivalent) who gave her the medicine.
    Should I try to persuade him otherwise or do you think we should just try to move on?

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    Firstly, my sympathies for such a situation to have occurred at all.

    I think it's a difficult call and if your dad doesn't want to do anything that's his right to have. Mistakes happen, but this is a serious one and something _should_ be done, even if it's an apology from the residential care home whom I'm sure for "x years" have otherwise cared very well for your Nan.

    Have they told your Nan?

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    Good for your dad IMHO. My Gran died just short of her 100th birthday and in a similar position I know she would not like to make a fuss and certainly not get someone into trouble. Just be thankful it wasn't any worse. I'm just pleased she is ok.

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    It's gross negligence. They need reporting.

    The person responsible may need training / sacking / whatever.

    If it was my Nan / relative I'd report it and try to make sure it didn't happen to anyone else.

    In this case just because of your Nan's age it shouldn't be ignored. Too many bad things go on in care homes.
    Last edited by tech_guy; 29th January 2009 at 08:14 PM.

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    I don't think it is necessary to get someone into trouble. If the care home has done a good job up until now, then how about a word to the management so that they can look at ways of stopping it happening again - better procedures, or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    It's gross negligence. They need reporting.
    I suppose when you compare it to losing two days worth of back ups and being suspended, as somebody else has on here, I guess it is.

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    It seems it was a mistake but they recognised this and took the necessary steps to remedy the situation. If you are thinking there's a claim to be made and let's get the "no win-no fee guys involved" then that's up to you but to be honest I can't see what's to be gained by making a big issue.

    But then we don't know the full story as is the case with the failed back-up tapes.

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    I think that you need reassurance that the 'accident' has prompted a check on procedures and preventing any future re-occurance. If I were your dad i'd be a lot happier if the home manager invited me in to run through the above. Certainly going like a bull at a gate would be counter productive imho, unless you want to burn your bridges.

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    And I am definitely losing it: I read the thread title as something concerning yellow fruit, not Grandmothers....

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    I wouldn't peruse it. It was an accident, if you do something about it that person could have there career ruined.

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    My guess would be that if they have been in contact and admitted the mistake rather than sweeping it under the carpet and hoping, the management are already aware already.

    The person responsible for the cockup is probably feeling pretty bad about it enough as it is, either of their own conscience or via a word from management.

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    I would ask for a report to be written on the issue and have all the problems highlited with solutions and procedures so it wont happen again.

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    Ask for it to be investigated but make it clear that if it was an accident and not incompetence you donít want the person to get into trouble. Even the best of us get things wrong at some point. If its a one off from a otherwise good staf member I would say leave it. If the person does it a lot then thats another thing alltogather.

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    Glad to hear she was ok. My opinion is that your dad's a good man for not wanting to get the nurse in trouble, but then it's still a mistake, and something needs to be done accordingly. Even if it's a review of procedures as has been mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    I wouldn't peruse it. It was an accident, if you do something about it that person could have there career ruined.
    As opposed to someone's life being ruined? Odd train of thought.

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