Tony Chicotel, Staff Attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, and Tena Alonzo, Director of Research and Dementia Programs at the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona, discuss the recent news and research on dementia care and the misuse of psychotropic drugs as chemical restraints. Tony will discuss the misuse of psychotropic drugs on people with dementia, why non-pharmacological approaches lead to better quality of life, and how advocates can pursue policy changes that foster a “least medicating” approach to care. Tena will explain comfort care, as practiced in her own facility, and how it improves the lives of residents and the job satisfaction of staff members.
Tena Alonzo, M.A. has spent the past 27 years in the long-term care serving in a variety of roles. She is currently the Director of Research and Dementia Programs at the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. She also serves as the Co-director of the Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia program and is a faculty member for the Residency Rotation for Palliative Care. As an author, Tena’s work has appeared in the Gerontologist, The Arizona Geriatric Society Journal, The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, The Annuals of Long-term Care and the New York Times. She is a member of the Technical Expert Panel for the National Initiative to Improve Behavioral Health & Reduce the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Home Residents. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.
Tony Chicotel, Esq., MPP is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law and the University Of California School Of Public Policy. Early in his practice, he worked in Las Vegas representing people in mental health facilities. Tony moved to California, and over the next six years, worked as a staff attorney in a program providing free legal services to older San Diego County residents, where he was also lead attorney in their Nursing Home Rights Enforcement Project. For the past six years, Tony has worked as a staff attorney for California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform in San Francisco, focusing on the rights of long-term care consumers. In 2006, he received the California Lawyer Magazine “Attorney of the Year” Award for his work in elder law and nursing homes.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern