It’s one of the most heartbreaking days of your life: the day you have to deliver a friend, loved one, or spouse to a “care” home for dementia.
You hope that they’ll get the best treatment in the world… but new research shows that they’re getting just the opposite.
They’re getting doped up and knocked out!
Dementia patients are often put on sleep meds, but the drugs aren’t just putting them to bed. They’re also causing them to stagger, stumble, fall, and suffer from agonizing injuries including painful bone breaks.
In some cases, the bone-cracking effects of those meds could even KILL them.
Folks with dementia given popular “z drugs” for sleep are 40 percent more likely to suffer a broken bone, especially the hip bone.
The more of the drug they’re given, the more that risk jumps… and the more patients fall.
When you’re older, a broken bone isn’t just a broken bone.
It can kick off a tailspin that’ll lead to death, and that’s a risk you can bet is even bigger in a dementia patient.
I wish I could tell you that this is the only ugly stunt they pull.
Some of these joints are notorious for pumping patients full of antipsychotic drugs, too, despite the fact that the meds aren’t even approved for dementia.
The patients get drugs to make them sleep, then more drugs to keep them docile while they’re awake.
It’s great for profits. They can now staff the ward with fewer nurses to save dough.
But it turns your loved ones into drugged-up zombies.
As the disease robs of them of their minds, the drugs strip them of their personality and dignity… and in too many cases, they can even increase the risk of DEATH.
You’d think that would be bad for business, killing patients. But most of these joints have waiting lists that are months long. They can have that bed filled before the day is even over.
Don’t let “care” facilities get the best of your loved ones.
Before sending someone in, make sure that they have the right nurse-to-patient ratio, and ask about their drug policies.
Once someone is in, watch their prescriptions like a hawk. If any new drugs are added to the mix, demand to know why.
If you don’t like the answers… or if anything off-label is prescribed… bring in a doctor from OUTSIDE the organization. Your family doc or specialist can often step in, advise the family, and – if needed – take charge.