Medications Affecting Capacity

One of the most common statements we hear is "My loved one XXX seems drugged"...or "Why is XX so angry"  ..."Not the same person"

 

Often than not it is not the symptoms of an illness but medication given to a vulnerable person. Often medication they do NOT need to take.

 

The effects of these 'drugs' affecting capacity and testing is without a doubt and so you can imagine if your loved one is on such medication how easy it is for them to 'fail' a capacity assessment yet in reality have nothing. How handy for a person with evil intentions to use such a powerful tool if they want your loved one to fail an Aged Care Assessment Test.

And yet articles are coming out in Australian Newspapers and worldwide is that the vulnerable are often drugged for years at a time. Horrible.

 

Attached are more articles for you to explore this issue.

 

 

 

Nursing Home Residents Drugged for Years at a Time

Antipsychotic Drugs Don't Ease ICU Delirium

Antipsychotic Drugs Hasten Death In Dementia Patients