Nearly all seniors are now prescribed drugs tied to falls: study
Mar 17, 2021
The percentage of older adults prescribed drugs that increase falls risk shot from 57% to 94% over almost two decades, researchers say. And fall-related deaths have more than doubled at the same time.
Coalition analysis shows 1 in 5 nursing home residents still getting antipsychotics
Jun 07, 2018
Approximately 20% of nursing home residents — more than 250,000 nationwide — are still receiving antipsychotic drugs as part of their long-term care treatment, according to an analysis of federal data...
Skilled nursing gets new targets for hospitalization, antipsychotic rates and more
Mar 14, 2018
Skilled nursing providers Tuesday got a peek at industry goals intended to advance quality over the next three years.
Looking at dementia beyond drugs and disease
G. Allen Power, M.D.
Aug 01, 2014
The emerging literature on “nonpharmacological interventions” has not succeeded in providing long-term solutions for many people, such that expressions of need continue to recur on a regular...
Medication administration top issue for directors of nursing
Jun 10, 2014
Pain management for residents at the end-of-life, antipsychotic use in dementia residents and medication for epileptic residents were all hot issues tackled during the National Association of Directors...
A time for nursing homes to embrace the cheddar while they can
James M. Berklan
Apr 16, 2014
It can almost be classified as a case of no good deed going unpunished. However, even though this is about long-term care, let’s not be quite so skeptical. Progress is progress.
First-generation antipsychotic use correlated to hospitalization, study finds
Feb 27, 2014
Elderly patients taking antipsychotics should be carefully monitored, especially after they first start taking the medication, due to a higher risk of hospitalization, a new study finds.
Ask the legal expert … about antipsychotic medication liability
Dec 01, 2013
I’m an administrator who’s read all of this stuff about overuse of antipsychotics on long-term care residents. I like and trust my director of nursing, medical director and clinical staff —...
Johnson & Johnson to pay $2 billion in settlement over antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes
Nov 05, 2013
Pharmaceuticals giant Johnson & Johnson and some subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to settle claims that they inappropriately promoted antipsychotic drugs for use in nursing homes, the U.S....
Facilities approach 15% goal for antipsychotics reduction
Oct 01, 2013
For decades, many providers have viewed antipsychotic drugs as a necessary evil for treating residents with dementia. But increasingly, these medications are just being seen as evil. So it’s hardly...