Making the decision to go into a nursing home isn't an easy choice for some people. For some people, the fear of losing freedoms and being placed medications is one reason why going into a nursing home is difficult. While some people might think those fears are unreasonable, they are actually very valid fears. Our Kentucky readers might find some of this information intriguing.
Antipsychotic drugs are being given to almost 300,000 nursing home residents. These drugs are approved to treat mental illnesses that are considered serious. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are two of the mental illnesses that might require antipsychotic drugs. Sadly, some nursing homes are using these drugs to combat aggression and anxiety that is often caused by dementia or Alzheimer's disease.