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Relatives of dementia patients against fixation in nursing homes
Around 1.5 million people in Germany suffer from dementia, the majority of them have Alzheimer's. Most dementia patients in Germany are cared for at home by relatives, but some are also in nursing homes. It often happens there that dementia patients are tied up. Relatives of the patients are against these fixations.
Dementia patients are usually cared for by relatives
Around 1.5 million people currently live in Germany with dementia, most of them have Alzheimer's. But the number of people with dementia continues to rise. According to the German Alzheimer Society (DAlzG), around 80 percent of all dementia patients in this country are cared for and accompanied by their relatives. However, some are also looked after in nursing homes. They are often tied up there. The relatives of Alzheimer's are now turning against these fixations.
Do not accept actions against the will
On the website of the State Association of Alzheimer's Associations in North Rhine-Westphalia it says: "Reports in the media, but above all worried statements from relatives of people with dementia give us reason not simply to accept actions" against the will "of the person concerned. This was also said by the chairwoman of the NRW state association, Regina Schmidt-Zadel, at a symposium in the Düsseldorf state parliament.
Avoid freedom-restricting measures
"Especially people with dementia do not have the possibility to draw attention to possible deprivation of liberty, they need our voice," says the relatives' side. And: "It is important to establish alternatives for these people that create security without being deprived of movement." The chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament, Armin Laschet, emphasized in a message from the dpa news agency that care for dementia patients must be dignified and self-determined received as much as possible. Measures restricting freedom would have to be largely avoided. But sleep medication and unnecessary fixation in the care of dementia patients are still used far too often. This was also shown by the nursing thermometer 2014 of the German Institute for Applied Nursing Research e.V. (dip) in Cologne. At the time, the experts estimated that around 2.6 million sedative medications were administered nationwide and around 500,000 mostly unnecessary fixations were carried out. (ad)