Another Reason to Avoid Psychotropics: Increased Disruptions in Care

A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that antipsychotic and benzodiazepine (antianxiety) prescriptions are associated with a higher number of “transitions” (a physical move from one care environment to another) for people with dementia. ┬áSuch transitions can be extremely disruptive for people with dementia, who more than most long-term care recipients, rely on familiar environments and routines to avoid disorientation and decline. ┬áThe fact that people with dementia who are given antipsychotics or a benzodiazepine are more likely to be hospitalized or moved is yet another reason for trying non-drug treatment options when trying to alleviate distress or discomfort.

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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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