Posted 11/13/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)
Yesterday I attended a meeting dealing with caring in general in the community. The point I wished to put across, was about the carer's control for a loved one who was incapable of of communicating with medical staff. From my experience I've found doctors and nurses prescribing anti-psychotic drugs as a matter of course to patients with AD, in hospitals, Nursing Homes and in their own homes without recourse to their care givers.
In my own case I found this happening and when I discovered I was very upset. As a result I removed my wife from a 'Home' I took control by discontinued all medication. My expressed the was, view that too often the answers to problems were tackled by a "sticking a plaster" solutions, instead of tackling the underlying causes.
Imagine my shock to discover while watching the late evening news to find my worst fears confirmed.
A Government ordered review had found that about 145,000 people with dementia are wrongly being prescribed powerful anti-psychotic medication which cause around 1,800 deaths a year! These drugs are administered for: agitation, aggression, wandering and shouting.
I have said before on this site "If someone put me in a Nursing Home against my will, I sure as hell would be aggressive and agitated as for wandering; I'd run away as fast as my feet could carry me."
In my wife's final five years there were times she had to be rushed to hospital and on each occasion I insisted on taking her home as soon as she was treated, often against doctor's advice. I'd be scared to stay in hospital if I could still walk; I'd be inclined to escape! How much more so a scared an AD patient would feel in that situation?
I'm pleased to learn that Cait is there for you. Our daughter Colleen is and has been my rock through these trying years. I wish you well and may your God go with you.