We heard anecdotal evidence that care providers in Buckinghamshire have become reluctant to take on clients with behaviours that challenge, in particular dementia clients, since the rules governing the use of antipsychotic drugs have become tighter over the past few years.
Data collected by survey and focus groups showed that:
- there was no evidence that care was being withdrawn or refused based on changes to rules around the administration of anti-psychotic drugs
- 19% of respondents had been refused care and 12% had had care withdrawn. Of those refused care or had care withdrawn, the vast majority related to those with Alzheimer’s / Dememtia
- medication, where offered, was found to be appropriate & timely and access to a good range of conventional treatments was reasonably high
- responses in relation to good nursing care and sufficiently trained staff was mixed across all care settings
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