Reported to DHSS about the overmedication of anti psychotics including possibility some meds caused Carol's hands first to tremor and then a couple of months ago to "freeze" into not clenched fists but "frozen" in claw like shapes without any ability to use her hands.
Facility was given a "slap on the wrist".
She can't feed herself.
She's "offered food" but often cannot talk.
The food is pureed and looks like something that comes out of you instead of goes into you and imagine the taste is almost as bad.
Carol refuses the food. The LTC sees this as "the end" -- it's been going on for a very long time and the only thing that keeps her alive is the weight she had and that will soon be gone.
She doesn't refuse what we bring to her. She's starving. It's evident to us but others claim it's typical "last stages; end of life". They don't take the time and they don't care. They convinced her to go into Hospice telling her if she doesn't want to go back to the hospital, that was the only decision she could make.
What about the Department of Health and Senior Services? What about the Elder Abuse Hotline?
They say their hands are tied. A Dr has prescribed the medications and one rep told me if a Dr prescribes medication it's because it's needed. SUGGEST that person look at the latest Stats for LTC's and Medical Professionals abuse of drugs both personally, professionally and prescriptions.
From a recent AARP article: www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-09-2011/doctors-overprescribing-antidepressants-health-discovery.html
"Nearly four of every five prescriptions are written by primary care doctors and specialists untrained in psychiatry who are dispensing powerful drugs that may have either no impact or harmful effects."
How would you like to be "used" when you're no longer a profit center because you need more daily care for toileting etc? Remember how they convinced Carol -- they knew she didn't want to go to the hospital (and that took away from their bottom line).
It's challenging to find information on the net about this "practice" because older people are "expected" to die and so when they do -- well, that's just what happens. Is it? Or is it more profitable in the short term for the increased costs, less care and then when the bed "vacates" another ability to fill it with someone who needs less care.
The following is from a publication of the California Advocates For Nursing Home Reform: