Statement of LeadingAge on Antipsychotic Use for Dementia

LeadingAge is an association of over 5,400 not-for-profit organizations including long-term care providers and aging services organizations.  On January 4, 2012, they made the following statement regarding dementia care treatment.

We at LeadingAge are opposed to inappropriate use of antipsychotics for the treatment of dementia in any setting of care. We believe that quality care for residents with dementia begins with true person-centeredness. Furthermore, if all nursing home providers and prescribers would adhere to the current regulations, as described in the Federal Register regarding avoiding unnecessary drugs and the adherence to gradual dose reductions, we would see a dramatic reduction in the use of these drugs. We see the solution as truly an interdisciplinary approach with nursing, social work, direct care staff, consulting pharmacists and physicians.  Decisions to use these drugs, and any other drugs to address behaviors that are impairing the resident’s safety, the safety of others or their ability to receive care, should be made with family and caregivers whenever possible. The real long term solution for addressing the needs of persons with dementia who exhibit aggressive or agitated behaviors is through behavior-based interventions and person-centered care.



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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