My 94 year old MIL is in an assisted living facility and suffers terribly from delusions, paranoid behaviors, and irrational beliefs, and because of that is miserable. The family is finding it hard to be with her because she gets so upset that she has to stay and can't go home with them. It's one heartbreaking story after another with her. I just feel bad for her.
The dr at the facility said that since she's not wandering and isn't violent than they don't like to give them any medication for paranoia because it shortens their life.
I really have no idea, but this sounds like a bunch of hooey to me. I have taken anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication for a number of years and no one told me it was going to shorten my life. Also, she is not living a quality of life now, so I'm not sure why the Dr didn't consider that. We're not close and have to rely on my BIL and SIL for information.
Could someone point me in the direction of information (key topics to google) that addresses this, so I can have at least some comfort that the Dr is looking out for my MIL, or I need to convince my BIL to find another Dr. Thank you so much.