NPR Hits on Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

In a three-part series, NPR recently took on the persistent problem of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  Part 1 reviewed some very bad cases of antipsychotic misuse in California nursing homes.  Part 2 criticized the federal government’s effort to enforce nursing home rules regarding antipsychotic misuse and Part 3 focused on the good dementia care practices at Ecumen nursing homes in Minnesota that have led to dramatic decreases in antipsychotic usage.

The NPR series does a great job of telling the story of antipsychotics in nursing homes: a frightening tale of chemical restraints from overmatched and frustrated nursing home staff, fostered by governmental failures, that is only now being rescued by the humane, comfort-centered approaches to care finally getting their due.

 

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About achicotel

Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.
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