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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.

Music That Moves People

Last month, at the Sundance Film Festival, a documentary about an exciting dementia care program, “Alive Inside,” was tabbed for the vaunted Audience Award in documentary films. The film centers on the power of music to stimulate the mind, even … Continue reading

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DPH to Hospitals: Psych Drug Reductions Start With You

This week, DPH released an All-Facilities Letter (AFL) #14-05 to hospitals regarding nursing home obligations to verify informed consent for psych drugs before administering them. You may wonder: why would DPH send a letter to hospitals about nursing home responsibilities? … Continue reading

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DPH’s Kinda Good New Informed Consent Guidelines

DPH gave nursing home residents a mixed-bag holiday gift regarding informed consent just before the new year. DPH released All-Facilities Letter (AFL) #13-38 and accompanying “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document regarding informed consent. The new FAQ form revised and added … Continue reading

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Study Shows Nursing Homes Lack Antipsychotic Training

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association shows an alarming lack of information about good dementia care, chemical restraints, and non-drug interventions. The study was based on survey information collected from nursing home staff members … Continue reading

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$2.2 Billion Johnson & Johnson Settlement Sends New Warning: Antipsychotic Drugs Should Not Be Used to Treat Dementia

In response to the recent $2.2 billion settlement with Johnson and Johnson for mismarketing the antipsychotic drug Risperdal for elderly people with dementia, CANHR and other long term care consumer advocates released the following statement (click here for a pdf … Continue reading

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Psychiatrists Against Drugging for Dementia

In a remarkable turn, the American Psychiatric Association recently¬†advised physicians and patients to question five common antipsychotic prescribing practices. Four of the five warnings from the APA related to the use of antipsychotics for “treating” dementia: 1) Don’t use antipsychotics … Continue reading

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CANHR to co-host Modesto Dementia Care Symposium

CANHR will be co-hosting its eighth dementia care symposium on November 12, 2013. This time, CANHR is bringing its comfort-focused care road show to the Modesto area for a FREE half-day event featuring presentations from dementia care experts and a … Continue reading

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The Tale of Two Parkviews: Slack DPH Enforcement is Business as Usual

by Michael Connors and Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Advocacy Staff Can the Department of Public Health (DPH) try any harder to send the message that nothing really has changed about its tolerance for the rampant chemical restraint of nursing home residents? … Continue reading

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Counting the Unnecessary Deaths

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney While listening to various presentations that decry the misuse of antipsychotic drugs, I often hear a statement to the effect of “studies show that for every 100 elderly dementia care patients treated with antipsychotic … Continue reading

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No Conviction in the Code I Restriction

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney Following the May 2011, Office of the Inspector General Report finding terrible misuse of antipsychotic drugs on nursing home residents, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced it was issuing a “Code I … Continue reading

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