Having worked in nursing homes as a teenager, in the roles of nurse's aide, housekeeper and staff cook, I have seen firsthand the way wards operate. After dinner, there is a rush to bath and bed the patients by 10/10:30pm. This allows for bed checks and write ups at the end of the 3-11pm shift. Any patient who shows signs of agitation is dosed with a sedative. Such scenarios are common and right out of the film One Flew Over the Cuckcoo's Nest.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Assault with intent to
Dad was taken to the ER last night and remains under observation after he assaulted two more attendants and a wheelchair bound patient yesterday. Clearly, the medication the nursing home staff has put him on has only agitated him more. He was not, however, the only patient from his dementia ward to be rushed to a geriatric psych ward. Other patients (and I am not sure how many) were also having an adverse reaction to the anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety drugs administered on his ward.