31-03-2020 05:38 PM
Does anyone have experience with chemical restraint, my Mum is 86 and having episodes of psychosis more frequently. It's been said that we may have to look at chemical restraint for her on going care. I'm after opinions, Pros and Cons. Anything to weigh up this option.
31-03-2020 08:29 PM
You will find there are state guidelines in relation to the use of chemical restraint and getting appropriate consent for this.
Pertinent questions include What drug / dose is going to be used?
Is Mum on any drug for her psychosis? (Does she have a diagnosed psychotic disorder?)
Is there a "black box" warning on these drugs?
Here is one example of guidelines.
03-04-2020 08:39 AM
Sounds like a pdoc review might be necessary and perhaps get advice as to whether or not an adjustment to her psych meds would give improvement to her symptoms as a flow on effect.
Lack of motivation is a problem as staff can only do so much to encourage residents to participate in leisure and lifestyle activities that are offered.
03-04-2020 08:56 AM
03-04-2020 09:05 AM
Pdoc = psychiatrist
Side effects = yikes and the elderly are at particular risk.
I have noticed that when unwell our loved ones have difficulty seeing beyond themselves and their own misery and as you say, do not seem to have any motivation to do something that would make life a little better.
06-04-2020 01:18 PM
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