CMS: Many Nursing Homes Overmedicating Dementia Patients

By | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Many seniors wind up in nursing homes because they have Alzheimer’s or dementia and can no longer care for themselves. Unfortunately, too many of these vulnerable patients end up being mistreated by their caregivers. Some nursing homes either mistakenly or intentionally over-administer antipsychotic drugs to patients with dementia. Often, this happens because the patients cannot communicate their needs and because their outbursts are stressful for the people caring for them. Antipsychotic drugs can help a patient to calm down. However, taking too many can cause serious harm and even death. According to 2010 statistics from the U.S. Centers for Medicare…

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