Is the Nursing Home Over-Medicating Your Elderly Parent?


In the days before nursing homes were under so much regulation, many homes used heavy medication to “manage” residents. Elders who slept most of the day, as well as all night, didn’t require as much staff time. Therefore, many homes considered drugging people efficient and cost containing.
Anti-psychotics were frequently prescribed when people had dementia. For some, a light dose may have been just the right thing, but one medication doesn’t suit all elder issues. Gradually, nursing homes came under more intense scrutiny about safety and most states put strict guidelines in place about hygiene, restraints and, of course, medications for the convenience of the staff.

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