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Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care (CLeAR)

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Imagine that your mother is living in a residential care facility and experiencing changes in behaviour and mood, loss of memory, and impaired thinking and communication skills. One night she was very agitated, unable to rest and given an antipsychotic medication which helped settle her. However, she continues to be given this medication and the mom you knew seems to be fading away…

We strive to provide the best care possible for our residents. Today’s generation of seniors – our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers – is living longer, with a better quality of life, than any other before. However, on average 35% of seniors in Canadian residential care facilities are prescribed antipsychotic medications.1

Impressive results elsewhere show that we can reduce this number by following best practice in order to ensure appropriate use of antipsychotics. We have an opportunity to make a difference!

In June 2013, we called on all of those who care for residents who experience the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia to join us.

The aim of CLeAR – our Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care – is to achieve a reduction in the number of seniors in residential care on antipsychotic medications by 50% across BC by December 31, 2014 through a province-wide, voluntary initiative that supports participating sites.

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¹ Canadian Institute for Health Information. Antipsychotic Use in Seniors: An Analysis Focusing on Drug Claims, 2001 to 2007. 2009