Safe to Reduce Antipsychotics Says New Study

April 08, 2013
Chris Perna, The Eden Alternative Blog

A recent article in McKnight’s Long Term Care magazine highlights a study that concludes it is safe in most cases to eliminate antipsychotic drugs without risking adverse outcomes for Elders. This study supports the current initiatives from CMS, AHCA, and Advancing Excellence to reduce the use of off-label antipsychotics, which is great news. Let’s hope this study helps to reduce fear to take action and adds fuel to the fire to eliminate these powerful, life-altering drugs wherever possible.

Eden Alternative will continue to do its part with our Dementia Beyond Drugs training developed in collaboration with Dr. Al Power, a leading international authority on person-centered dementia care. We have trained several hundred direct care workers representing hundreds of nursing homes with plans to train many more in the coming months. We are positively impacting the well-being of thousands of Elders living with dementia and their care partners.

We know this is difficult work, but the results are well worth it. Got any success stories to share that might inspire others to take on this challenge? Please share.




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