Rethinking the Approach to Dementia Care
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than 20% of long term care residents in today’s 16,000 nursing homes are given antipsychotic medications. This number rises to approximately 40% among those with dementia to whom the meds are known to cause increased harm.
Dementia can be the cause of very disruptive and distressing behavior for those that it affects. This behavior can often be confused with hallucinations or psychosis, for which antipsychotics are rightly prescribed. It is this fine line between memory decline and psychosis that has given rise to the prevalence of the off-label use and over prescribing of antipsychotics today.
Download this white paper to learn more about:
- Newly updated survey F-Tags
- How to analyze MDS data to further minimize the use of antipsychotics
- Obtaining practical information on behavioral interventions for both skilled nursing and home care settings.