One in five nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs.
Doctors will have to justify prescribing the antipsychotic drug risperidone for longer than 12 weeks. But that won't fix the problem of using drugs to manage aged care residents' behaviour.
The aged care royal commission has recommended three key areas for action.
The aged care royal commission's interim report paints a picture of a system in deep crisis. Its recommendations for action have some merit, but won't address what are underlying, systemic problems.
People in aged care homes might be restrained physically, or by administering medications that affect their behaviour.
Sedative medications and restraint belts are too often given to aged care residents with dementia to stop them wandering, prevent falls, or manage "difficult" behaviour.
Chemical restraint occurs more often than we think in Australia’s aged care system.
Antipsychotic drugs are often used to "chemically restrain" aged care residents and control their behaviour. The system needs to change – but lessons from the US tell us it's not going to be easy.
Allowing nursing home residents to come and go as they wish may not be so dangerous after all.
Older people in nursing homes or aged care facilities are often locked up "for their own safety", which new research says isn't usually needed.
Up to 60% of nursing home residents are on psychiatric drugs and around 30% are on powerful anti-psychotics. Ulrich Joho.
Last night ABC’s Lateline discussed the case of 63-year-old John Burns, who died within 12 days of going into residential aged care. Burns was put into care after he started to display disinhibited sexual…