Can nursing home staff make prescription medication changes without consulting patient or the Power Of Attorney?
My daughter had a hemorrhage type stroke on 1/23/11. She was on a ventilator for approx. 3 weeks and her left side was immobile for several weeks but now is regaining feeling/usage of her arm and leg. We put her in a nursing home that have a therapy group on staff to assist her in regaining her independence and dealing her life changes when she left the hospital.
Prior to her having a stroke she had a water retention problem that resulted in serious swelling to the point she was unable to flex her legs until she was put on a diuretic.
Now to the problem: Last week she started feeling congested and was found to be gaining weight. When questioning the staff it was found that they had stopped her diuretic medication but had done it without either discussing it with my daughter, myself or the prescribing doctor. To beat it all this change was done by a staff nurse. My question would be: Are changes of this nature acceptable?