Would it surprise you if I said that the very organizations that are discouraging the abuse of antipsychotic drugs to treat people living with dementia are actually convincing people to use them? It’s a matter of language.
Given the reality that most people are not currently equipped with the knowledge and resources to implement other solutions, there will be times when the use of medication may need to be considered. So here are some guidelines for those along the journey who have not yet created the infrastructure for an anti-psychotic-free environment.
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As federal regulators begin efforts to halt unnecessary use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, a member of The Eden Alternative in New Jersey has completed a cutting edge program that successfully weaned residents with dementia off these medications.
Ecumen, a long term care provider in Minnesota, recently completed one of the first ever trials to reduce psychotropic drug use among 10 patients. Not only was the program 100 percent successful in eliminating psychotropic drugs without adverse behavioral effects, but the patients all showed increased engagement and social interaction. Last week the AP filed this inspiring report.
Reducing reliance on so-called “chemical restraints” in Alzheimer’s and dementia care is a corner-stone of the culture change movement and patient-centered care. The PickerReport’s latest edition of RealCareNowTV highlights an innovative new drug-free approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care: A recent initiative by Minnesota-based Ecumen to reduce antipsychotic drugs among a pilot project of 10 […]