AT CARMEL VILLA IT IS OUR COMMITMENT THAT EVERYONE LIVES JOYFULLY AND WITH DIGNITY, ACKNOWLEDGED FOR WHO THEY ARE AND FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANITY.
It is the professional opinion of the administrator that the elderly are often over-medicated, unintentionally, and that this periodic review of medications is valuable to their well-being.
Many medications are clearly essential for specific physiological reasons, such as thyroid, heart, and blood pressure medicines. Sometimes, however, psychoactive drugs such as those used for depression, confusion, sleep, etc, are numerous, of questionable effectiveness and increase the risk of adverse drug interactions.
It IS NOT the policy of Carmel Villa to use chemicals (drugs) as restraints. Also, the pharmacokinetics (how the body handles a drug) is often not addressed, especially in the elderly. An individual over-medicated, albeit unintentionally, is not living joyfully or with dignity.