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Bay Area “Circle of Care” Conference to Promote Good Dementia Care

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Association are bringing “Circle of Care,” a full-day conference, to Foster City on October 27. The conference will feature nurse Joanne Rader, co-author of the excellent book Bathing Without a … Continue reading

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Feds Find 99% of Antipsychotics Have Deficient Care Plans

On Monday, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services released a new report evaluating nursing home assessments and care plans for residents receiving atypical antipsychotic drugs. A stunning 99% of the records reviewed failed … Continue reading

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DPH Issues Report on Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

Last week, the California Department of Public Health released a report summarizing the work of its Antipsychotic Drug Collaborative and listing some recommendations to decrease the misuse of the drugs in nursing homes. You can read the report here.

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CANHR’s Dementia Care Symposium Coming to So Cal on June 4 and 5!

Registration is now open for “Dementia Care Without Drugs – A Better Approach for Long-term Care Facilities” Following the phenomenal success of similar symposia in central and northern California, CANHR is co-sponsoring back-to-back full day dementia care trainings in San Diego … Continue reading

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DPH Promises Antipsychotic Drugging Report by End of May

During her March 28, 2012 confirmation hearing for Chief Deputy Director of Policy and Programs of the Department of Public Health, Kathleen Billingsley promised the Department would have a plan to tackle the alarming misuse of antipsychotic drugs in California … Continue reading

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CMS to Introduce Campaign to Reduce Antipsychotic Use on March 29

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it is developing a national action plan to protect nursing home residents from unnecessary antipsychotic drug use and to improve dementia care. CMS is holding a one-hour kick-off event … Continue reading

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CANHR releases report on sad state of California nursing home drugging.

Just released: “In a Stupor: What California’s Antipsychotic Drug Collaborative Reveals About Illegal Nursing Home Drugging.” The report analyzes the findings of the Department of Public Health’s Antipsychotic Drug Collaborative with which the Department has investigated 24 nursing homes and … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Holds Hearing About Antipsychotic Misuse in Nursing Homes

The Senate Committee on Aging recently held a special hearing titled “Overprescribed: The Human and Taxpayers’ Costs of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes.” The hearing follows a May 2011 Inspector General Report finding massive misuse of antipsychotic drugs to sedate and subdue … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Hearing on Antipsychotic Drugs Nov. 30

The U.S. Senate Committee on Aging has scheduled a hearing on the misuse of antipsychotic drugs as a “treatment” for elderly people with dementia. The hearing will be held on November 30 from 11:00 – 1:00 PST and will be … Continue reading

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Popular Dementia Care Symposia Coming to NorCal

REGISTER NOW FOR Dementia Care Without Drugs – A Better Approach for Long-term Care Facilities. CANHR is pleased to announce two new symposia to address the increasing misuse of psychotropic drugs as treatment for dementia. The symposia, “Dementia Care Without Drugs … Continue reading

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