Can Nursing Homes Get 300,000 Dementia Patients off Deadly Antipsychotics?

In another feature to its excellent reporting on failures in nursing home care, Al Jazeera’s “America Tonight” program examined more problematic elements of drugging dementia last week. The latest story focuses on one California woman’s experience of being drugged into a near “vegetative state” in a nursing home and her ultimate rebound when her family demanded the drugs be discontinued. Also featured are Helen Kales, author of a study connecting antipsychotics with death for elderly people with dementia, Thomas Hamilton, the director of the nursing home division of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney.

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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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