I can honestly say that the reports of nursing homes around this country and probably around the world using antipsychotics and sedatives to make annoying patients just go to sleep is astounding. They are in your facility for treatment, it isn’t a prison sentence, human rights are being violated daily when grandma/grandpa are being forced to take medicine that is PROVEN to make dementia worse. As a CNA for eight years, I worked in the medical field and always knew that this was wrong as it limited the time that the patients/residents would be able to function. In some cases, their memory comes back when taken off of these horrible medications.
From personal experience, I can tell you that doctors/nurses really do care about their patients, but there are strong administrative ties to these actions. There should be an investigation into why this is going on, instead of just talk. Why do we live in an age where elderly human beings are being taken advantage of? They are raped, beaten and now drugged into not living. In many cases, nursing homes are killing off their patients by drugging them up. It is sad that this is the case. This is not a new story though, as research would bring you to an NPR article on these crimes against humanity.
Thanks for reading,
– Tommi Asylum