Meeting held to discuss care for dementia patients

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A meeting was held in Albuquerque Friday morning to address concerns over patients suffering from dementia. The meeting was held due to concerns about how they are being cared for.

Caregivers and those in the healthcare system at the meeting tried to figure out the best way to give these patients what they need.

“It’s the concept of interacting with patients with dementia not that they are waiting to die but that they’re still living…interacting with them where they are not trying to get people who have dementia into your realm you go into their realm,” State Ombudsman Presenter, Sondra Everhart said.

Some issues raised were reducing the use of antipsychotic medications, physical restraint free initiatives and changing the culture of caring for people with dementia.

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