Hi - I’m not accusing anyone yet at this point, just wondering what the game might be - caregiver addiction or selling meds?
The first day my dad moved into his new beautiful Board and Care assisted living home, we brought all of his newly filled medications. He has a prescription for hydrocodone (vicodin) that he RARELY uses, only when he has a flare up of osteoarthritis. I specifically pointed this medication out to the head caregiver (the house manager) so she knew that this medication is not part of the daily regimen, just to be used as needed. She acknowledged. Later that evening she called me and said that the hydrocodone was missing, asking ME where it was and telling me I needed to get it to her ASAP so she can log it in. I told her the last time I saw it was when I handed it to her! She kept insisting “No, she didn’t have it”. I was perplexed what happened there. We went round and round on this numerous times. Well, the next morning she lets me know that the medication had been found! Hummmm?? She said she looked in the trash can and, THERE IT WAS! Said in all her busyness of moving my dad in and logging other meds it must have fallen in the trash!?? Anyway, I discussed with my siblings and we decided to not jump to conclusions at this point since dad seemed to be handing the new move ok so far, but keep a watchful eye on this. So today I looked online on his Kaiser account to see if anything (including the painkiller) had been refilled yet. The B&C uses an outside pharmacy to get prescriptions and charges Kaiser. Anyway I noticed that the hydrocodone was no longer on the list of his prescribed meds on his kaiser account. I’m confused and am wondering if they could get it switched to the other pharmacy and are getting it filled. My dad is clear minded and has not had any pain that there should be a single pill gone from the original bottle and would be no need to get it refilled. I feel that something funny is going on here but I don’t want to accuse anyone without proof. Im just looking for thoughts or experiences with this and if there are any (besides the obvious that someone is addicted) scams with caregivers selling meds like this.