Advocacy, Real life, Toward better care, You said it!

stephanie frederick says: learn a different language

I decided to create a new space on to preserve the useful information, inspiring thoughts, short stories, good ideas and inspiring quotes people share. This is the first one thanks to a LinkedIn connection. I’m calling this space “You said it!”


I posted 10 ways to reframe “refused medication” on LinkedIn and asked “Can changing the words we use change the way we think about people who live with dementia?”

Stephanie Frederick, M.Ed., RN said:

“I’m an (independent) RN Patient Advocate. My (dementia) patient-client and I were recently “fired” by the PCP (primary care physician) because I refused a medication the client didn’t want (“I feel so drugged!”). It was the 3rd added psychotropic medication on the same day the other 2 medications were increased. The physician couldn’t convince the patient, and he was very angry that I agreed with the patient-client. We were given 30 days to find another provider, which we gladly did. Thank you for helping healthcare practitioners and caregivers to learn a different language!”

You said it Stephanie!

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