July 14, 2020
Today I want to address the use of anti-psychotics in nursing home care because it is a troubling issue. It seems that many memory units and assisted living communities seem to want to quiet their residents by adding medication before redirection techniques and I believe anyone who has a loved one in one of these communities where the staff is asking to put them on these drugs – should BEWARE! These drugs should be used as a last resort, not a first resort, and documentation of all redirection attempts should be well documented. Also, if you have a loved one at home and want them to sleep more and choose this regiment, you should realize that they may have balance issues and experience more falls. This can cause more issues than the initial symtoms that seemed so difficult.