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The Dangers of Antipsychotic Medication for People with Dementia

Nursing Home Blog

When nursing homes give patients inappropriate medications or excessive doses, the results can be tragic. Unfortunately, this happens all too often in nursing homes. Patients with dementia are frequently given antipsychotic drugs when there is no medical need to do so. This practice is very dangerous. Human Rights Watch conducted an extensive study of the problem and researchers…

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Do You Have to Report Elder Abuse in California?

Nursing Home Blog

What do you do if you know or suspect that an older person is being abused? In California, there is a law – California Welfare and Institutions Code section 15630 – that requires some people to report elder abuse to authorities. What Types of Abuse Have to Be Reported? The types of elder abuse that must be reported…

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The Misuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes [Infographic]

Elder Abuse, Nursing Home Blog

Nursing homes throughout the United States have long been giving antipsychotic drugs to residents, including those with medical conditions like dementia. Despite regulatory prohibitions on the misuse of this drug as “chemical restraints,” this harmful practice is still widespread, and prescribed with varying levels of informed consent from residents or their families. Scroll down to…

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What Causes Bed Sores and How Can They Be Prevented?

Nursing Home Blog

Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, can cause serious infections. Bed sores can even be fatal. They are, unfortunately, common in nursing homes, afflicting an estimated 11 percent of U.S. nursing home residents. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it is important to know how bed sores develop and how they can be prevented. Causes…

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