It’s long been a goal of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to reduce the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes. Historically, these antipsychotics have often been used as chemical restraints to control “behaviors” in agitated or aggressive nursing home residents. The result was that many elders were unnecessarily drugged into passive, zombie-like behavior. This made them easier for staff to care for but the drugs not only reduced the quality of life of the elder, they often had life-threatening side effects. This type of so called care also reduced the elder to a state where his or her dignity was abused.
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