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Reducing Antipsychotic Medication Use  (45)

Many medications can cause adverse problems in older adults. Providers can use this list to help identify medications and their associated risks in the older adult population.

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Date Added: 05/23/2019
Date Last Modified: 05/23/2019

Nursing home activity directors can use this document to review steps that could help residents with dementia improve nighttime sleep.

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Date Added: 01/15/2014
Date Last Modified: 02/18/2019

This article explores how touch, for the touch deprived elders can help address agitated behaviors in older people with dementia.

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Date Added: 08/31/2016
Date Last Modified: 02/18/2019

This joint summary statement addresses appropriate strategies for diagnosing schizophrenia in skilled nursing centers and is supported by associations including the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Psychiatric Association and more.

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Date Added: 07/25/2018
Date Last Modified: 07/25/2018

This toolkit, developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), focuses on providing nurse aides quality training on abuse prevention and person-centered care of residents with dementia, but may be beneficial to nursing home caregivers, administrative staff and surveyors also. The training materials consist of six one-hour training videos, orientation guide and instructor guide. Please note that contact information is required to access the downloadable materials.

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Date Added: 06/11/2013
Date Last Modified: 07/16/2018

This resource provides tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers that may help them understand and cope with changes in personality and behavior.

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Date Added: 08/26/2012
Date Last Modified: 07/16/2018

Providing information about antipsychotic (AP) medication indications, appropriate age groups, off-label uses, side effects, adverse effects and black box warnings, this medication reference guide is a useful reference in prescribing and monitoring antipsychotic medication.

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Date Added: 05/31/2018
Date Last Modified: 05/30/2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying healthcare professionals that both conventional and atypical antipsychotics are associated with an increased risk of mortality in elderly patients/residents treated for dementia-related psychosis.

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Date Added: 01/18/2018
Date Last Modified: 01/17/2018

Listen to Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo and Dr. Lisa Glenn discuss why doctors should rarely prescribe antipsychotics in nursing homes. The presentation is also available as a PDF.

Date Added: 01/19/2018
Date Last Modified: 01/17/2018

This Minimum Data Set (MDS) tip sheet will assist in correctly documenting antipsychotic medication use.

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Date Added: 09/29/2017
Date Last Modified: 09/27/2017

This study compares improvement outcomes before and after the implementation of an individualized music program MUSIC & MEMORY (M&M), designed to address the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The results offer evidence that the M&M individualized music program is associated with reductions in antipsychotic medication use, anxiolytic medication use and BPSD symptoms among long-stay nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

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Date Added: 09/14/2017
Date Last Modified: 09/12/2017

This link to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) website has extensive information, resources and training on PTSD and trauma.

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Date Added: 09/15/2017
Date Last Modified: 09/12/2017

This tool, developed by TMF Health Quality Institute, suggests ideas to help reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs.

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Date Added: 05/28/2013
Date Last Modified: 04/05/2017

This brief video will give you an opportunity to explore how well you know your residents and what you might use to help them be happy in your facility.

Date Added: 09/09/2016
Date Last Modified: 09/09/2016

This new Starter Kit provides guidance for starting conversations with people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, about end-of-life care in the early stages of decline, and for using the Kit to speak on your loved one’s behalf when advanced illness occurs.

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Date Added: 08/30/2016
Date Last Modified: 08/30/2016

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