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Training Toolkit

See below for a Training Toolkit on Antipsychotic drugs.


Treating Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia with Drugs In-Service Training


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NOTE: Visit the Avoiding Drugs as Chemical Restraints Resources page for more consumer and family resources.


Approaches for Providing Good Care

Often, the symptoms, or behaviors, exhibited by residents are their way of telling caregivers that something is wrong, or that they need help or attention. By anticipating or addressing the cause of the distress – pain, fear, anger, tiredness, for example – the resident gets what they need, and they are less likely to exhibit the challenging behaviors. On the Emphasizing Good Care page, one will find information related to this issue, including non-drug interventions.


Podcast

Listen to the Pursuing Quality Long-Term Care podcast as we talk with national experts and advocates about strategies you can use in the pursuit of quality long-term care. Below are episodes specifically related to avoiding drugs as chemical restraints. 

Listen to the podcast on Facebook, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, or SoundCloud. All episodes are available on our website.

 

Addressing Abuse in Long-Term Care Facilities (June 14, 2022)
Guest: Dr. Laura Mosqueda and Beverley Laubert
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Abuse is defined in the federal nursing home regulations as the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. It can take many forms including physical abuse, verbal, sexual, mental, emotional, and financial. Even though federal law states that residents of long-term care facilities have the right to be free from abuse, it still does occur and is largely under-reported and inadequately investigated and addressed.

In this episode we are talking with Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, and Beverley Laubert, the National Ombudsman Program Coordinator at the Administration for Community Living about abuse of those living in long-term care facilities – an issue that affects thousands of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care settings.

Recent data indicates increased concern about incidences of abuse in long-term care facilities. That, along with the fact that June 15 is designated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), made us think it was important and timely to talk about this issue.

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Nursing Home Neglect: Preventing It and Getting Help (February 10, 2022)
Guest: Dr. Laura Mosqueda
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The pandemic has renewed concerns about the quality of care that residents receive in some nursing homes, and many family members have reported significant decline in the condition of their loved ones. Neglect and abuse of older adults is a long-standing problem that is under-reported and has not received the necessary attention and response from policymakers, yet it results in needless and preventable suffering and harm.

In this episode with Dr. Laura Mosqueda, a professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, we talk about neglect, which is the failure to provide goods and services to an individual that are necessary to avoid physical harm, pain, mental anguish, or emotional distress. Neglect may or may not be intentional. 

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When Your Loved One is Labeled as a "Bad Fit:" How to Advocate for the Quality Care They Deserve (August 2, 2021)
Guests: Kathy Ritchie, Family Member, and Tony Chicotel, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
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When facilities tell residents and their families that they are "not a good fit" or encourage antipsychotic medications, often families feel pressured and aren't sure how to advocate for their loved ones. In this conversation, we first hear from Kathy, a family member who went through this experience with her mother. We then speak with Tony Chicotel from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), about steps family members can take, the specific rights nursing home residents have, and how families can work with facilities to ensure their loved one receives quality long-term care.

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The Care of Individuals with Dementia (March 31, 2021)
Guests: Jonathan Evans, MD
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When the needs of residents living with dementia are met, incidences of resident stress are significantly reduced. Practicing person-centered approaches and interventions increase the likelihood that the message being communicated by the resident will be heard and addressed, leading to better outcomes and more satisfaction for the individual. Join our conversation with Dr. Jonathan Evans as we talk about caring for human beings with dementia. 

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Finding Real Solutions for Behavioral Health Needs in Persons with Dementia (January 15, 2021)
Guests: Kelly Bagby, AARP Foundation Litigation and Sue Renz, Practice Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
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Too often, caregivers are ill-equipped to address the needs of persons living with dementia, especially those related to behavioral health. In this episode we are sharing with you a presentation held at the 2020 Consumer Voice Virtual Conference. Listen as we explore strategies, effective treatments, and support for residents and families who often need help understanding their rights and how to get good care. The speakers of this presentation are Kelly Bagby of AARP Foundation and Sue Renz, Practice Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. 

View the PowerPoint slides mentioned in this episode.

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Understanding Person-Centered Care (November 19, 2020)
Guest: Sonya Barsness, Gerontologist
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Everyone living in a long-term care facility deserves good care that meets their needs and takes into account their likes, dislikes, preferences, and goals. But what does that mean? And how do we achieve it? Today we're talking with Sonya Barsness, a Masters-prepared Gerontologist, about a philosophy that honors the needs, preferences, and goals of elders by emphasizing choice, self-determination, relationships, purposeful living and other similar values.

Resources: About Me | My Personal Directions for Quality Living

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Avoiding Drugs as Chemical Restraints (July 8, 2020)
Guest: Kelly Bagby, AARP Foundation Litigation
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Description: Everyone who enters a long-term care facility deserves quality, person-centered care. Too many residents, however, are being given off-label antipsychotic drugs to control challenging behaviors or for caregiver convenience. When used this way, these drugs are chemical restraints. In this discussion with Kelly Bagby of AARP Foundation Litigation we’ll talk about why the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs is a problem, your rights around medications and caregiving, and what to do if you think your loved one is being chemically restrained.

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Visit the Avoiding Drugs as Chemical Restraints Resources and Podcast page for more consumer and family resources, webinars, and training materials.