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  • there was no evidence that care was being withdrawn or refused based on changes to rules around the administration of anti-psychotic drugs
  • 19% of respondents had been refused care and 12% had had care withdrawn. Of those refused care or had care withdrawn, the vast majority related to those with Alzheimer’s / Dememtia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

You can read more in the full report below.


Managing Behaviours That Challenge in Care Settings Report

Published on 31 Mar, 2015 (updated 26 Jun, 2018)

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One comment on "Managing Behaviours That Challenge in Care Settings"

  • Commenter said on 10th July 2019

    My father’s nursing home is in my opinion mostly full of people who would have been in hospital being nursed if they hadn’t been placed in a nursing home, like he was. This speaks volumes! Nursing homes requiring the skill of nursing staff to keep residents safe and in the best possible health. They are not residential homes or assisted living homes. Anyone who is placed in a nursing home at the direction of the professionals (with the FNC tag attached!!) should in my opinion be funded through the NHS, which they spent a life time paying for! Families shouldn’t have to fight for this via publicly funded commissioning groups which are costing thousands to administer and often criticised for. As tax payers I feel we have to highlight what is happening to our loved ones. Cameron promised to put a cap on care home fees in his manifesto but Brexit now rules and until we are finished with that I’m afraid the practice of making that generation pay to die will continue !!!!!!!

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