Jul 28, 2010

Three Cheers -- Elderly Alzheimer's Patient Won't be Evicted from Nursing Home

An 89-year-old Alzheimer's patient has avoided eviction from a Vancouver nursing home after the facility agreed to a treatment plan that doesn't involve sedatives.....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Three cheers for Heather Elliott.

Heather wouldn't allow St. Jude's Nursing Home to administer sedatives to her 89 year old mother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

The mother, Helen, was evidently agitated and not sleeping at night. There were also accusations that Helen was entering other patients rooms at night.

When Heather refused and challenged the treatment, the nursing home informed her that her mother would be evicted.

Here is the good news, St. Jude's has changed its position after a facilitator came in to review the case.

Heather said,
"My mother is not going to be evicted; she's not going to be committed to a geriatric psychiatric facility."

This issue is sure to be revisited and litigated over and over as the population ages and more older people suffering from dementia are threatened with eviction when they evidence bad behavior.

This ruling or so called agreement could mark the beginning of a good workable model to deal with these kinds of situations. At the minimum, this is going to give other Alzheimer's caregivers the courage to challenge rulings on the use of antipsychotics and sedatives to treat persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

This is all I have right now, if anyone has additional background or information, please let us know.

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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,690 articles with more than 70,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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