The Human Rights Watch estimates nearly 179,000 people in nursing homes are administered antipsychotic drugs every week without having a diagnosis for which the drug is approved. The use of antipsychotic drugs as chemical restraints has a long, disturbing history in nursing homes. Many times, staff ... [Continue Reading]
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Sedating Residents Suffering From Dementia is Nursing Home Abuse
A study by the Human Right Watch finds that 179,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs, even though these residents don’t have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other serious mental illness these drugs are designed to treat. What’s troubling is that these drugs are being ... [Continue Reading]
How to Find the Right Nursing Home for Your Loved One?
There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing the right nursing home for your loved one. Should you find one that’s located near your parent’s residence or near yours? Is my mom still independent or does she need nursing home care? As questions like these and many other come to mind a good ... [Continue Reading]
Quality Care Harder to Find for Residents with Mental Health Issues
Our elderly loved ones often need care in a nursing home if they face a mental condition like Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. This study performed by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York found that nursing homes with the highest Medicare ... [Continue Reading]
What Measures Should Nursing Homes Take to Prevent Infections?
Because of the number of patients they house, large residential facilities such as nursing homes are more prone to infections and contagious diseases. But there are precautions and safety measures nursing homes are expected to know and follow that prevent the spread of disease, and can ... [Continue Reading]