Nursing home residents with dementia often given antipsychotics despite health warnings – The Boston Globe

Posted on May 20, 2012


This story from the Boston Globe is very enlightening to say the least, it is unfortunate that this happens but it is something to look out for as you look for a home for a loved one.  Hopefully the high fines paid by Abbott Labs and Eli Lilly in the last few months will help change this but they were only penalized for illegally marketing the drugs for this purpose.  There are no penalties for using the drugs on patients as long as they have permission.  If there is money to be made by sedating patients and cutting the number of personnel required to staff the nursing homes this will continue to be an issue we need to watch out for and insist our state governments try to curb.  There are good nursing homes but you must know what to ask and look for, check out the six questions here.

And remember, it may be possible to stay in your home with help – see below.

Nursing home residents with dementia often given antipsychotics despite health warnings – The Boston Globe.

Can you stay in your home?  Medicare only pays for some of the care that people need to stay in their homes and they are getting more restrictive on what they will cover.  There are other resources to assist in keeping us in our homes as we age and that is private duty home care.  BrightStar specializes in this kind of care and we would be honored to be able to help you or a loved one.

BrightStar Care of Downtown Houston

BrightStar is an in-home health care company designed to help, give us a call at 832-730-1255.

All of our services are personalized to fit the specific needs of the client.  We work with clients and their families to design a customized care plan, and we match each client with a qualified, pre-screened caregiver.

From childcare to elder care, the BrightStar of Downtown Houston team provides peace of mind. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Director of Nursing ensures that each client receives the highest level of care administered by highly qualified personnel.

Home Healthcare and Staffing Services Provided

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • Shopping and Transportation Services
  • Newborn/Multiples Care
  • Sitting/Companion Service
  • Nanny Service
  • And much more

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The answer to your question is “Yes, we can!” Just tell us what you need; we’ll custom tailor a service plan and make all of the necessary arrangements. We are here to help our clients and their families live their best. Let us know how we can be of service.

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