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Hi May,

Without knowing the specifics of your father’s situation, and as a general principle, anti-psychotic medication should be given as a last resort, and following the use of non- pharmacological (that is, non-drug-based) interventions. You are within your rights to ask the facility what they have tried with your father, to establish if there are any other possible avenues to try (without using medication). You can also ask for a medical review.

Our Online Dementia Support counselling service can also assist you if you would like to contact us. To access it, please select COUNSELLING ONLINE from the menu above and then click on Contact a Counsellor. Alternatively you can call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

You may also want to consider calling the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS). DBMAS is fantastic resource for carers managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and they can support you to work with the facility on these issues; they can be reached on 1800 699 799.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want further information or support.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Online Dementia Support Team.