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Why are nursing homes drugging dementia patients without their consent?

 (Washington Post illustration; iStock images)

(Washington Post illustration; iStock images)

It helps control the residents, and institutions are rarely punished. 

by Hannah Flamm August 10
 

(Hannah Flamm, an immigration lawyer at the Door’s Legal Services Center, reported on the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes while she was a fellow at Human Rights Watch.)

A year and a half ago in a Texas nursing home, I met an 84-year-old resident with dementia named Felipa Natividad. Her sister, Aurora Suarez, told me that the staff dosed Natividad with Haldol, an antipsychotic drug, to ease the burden of bathing her. “They give my sister medication to sedate her on the days of her shower: Monday, Wednesday, Friday,” Suarez said. “They give her so much she sleeps through the lunch hour and supper.” A review of Natividad’s medical chart confirmed the schedule. Read more… 

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