A rampant prescription and a database to help you protect your loved ones

Posted on May 21, 2012


“We have an inordinate amount of prescriptions written for a population that is already frail, and we know these drugs increase the risk for side effects, including death.   So why are they being written?”

Dr. Michael Gloth, John Hopkins University.

You can find this database in one of my other posts but I considered it important enough to re-post it all by itself.  Enjoy.

If you are looking for a nursing home I highly recommend paying the 99 cents for a one month subscription to the Boston Globe so you can have access to their database (access here) compiled from government data.  It will tell you how many residents in each home are given antipsychotic drugs when they do not have a diagnosis that would not call for it.  It will also tell you how many patients in each home are covered by Medicaid.

There is a reason to use drugs for purposes that are off label, meaning the drug was not approved by the FDA for that purpose, but this goes way beyond what should be reasonable.

Just be aware and ask a lot of  questions.  You can read the first part of the story here.

Health & wellness – 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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