One of the key functions of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is to help nursing homes and other long-term care providers in Ohio continuously improve the care and services they provide. Caring for adults with dementia can be especially challenging. To do so most effectively, caregivers should get to know the individual so that they can respond to their needs more directly. Unfortunately, with limited time and resources, nursing homes across the country have relied too heavily on medications as the quickest and most direct way to address difficult behaviors. As a result, anti-psychotic medications have been given to too many residents. This practice has been identified as dangerous or potentially fatal for those with dementia.
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