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This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

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"At the end of six months or so," Tomac says, "we were able to get them all off any antipsychotics."

The next year they extended the policy to all of Ecumen's nursing homes. "Our goal, Matthes says, "was to reduce our antipsychotic use by 20 percent. And in the first year we reduced it by 97 percent."


It seems residents can always find something to do around here. That can help to relieve the agitation common in some people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia — agitation that in other nursing homes might be managed with antipsychotic drugs.

Though antipsychotics are approved to treat serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the FDA says the drugs can increase the risk of death for people with dementia. Still, they're prescribed for nearly 300,000 nursing home residents nationally.

I'm not sure I understand why the nursing home works better than drugs.

Other than that the drugs don't really seem to work for dome people.

Or it took less effort than anyone imagined to reduce anxiety.

I guess that depends on the origin of the anxiety, too.

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