Aricept is a drug families clutch at because of the hope of delaying the effects of the disease.
My friend's Dad was on it for two years. His family doctor stopped it because the disease was progressing. I guess we do things differently up here in Canada. It's an expensive drug and yes it is prescribed (and usually paid for by the government) but it seems as if the GP evaluates the use carefully and will stop it. How often are your residents/patients evaluated.
Here's one to consider. There is a canine version of Aricept used to treat Canine Cognitive Disorder (aka Doggy Alzheimers) The symptoms are similar to the human disease.
There is even a mini mental for dogs scored out of nine. Vets rarely prescribe the drug because it's expensive and only helps for about 6 months. I knew a dog who used it. It helped for a short while. Other dogs were turned down for it because their disease was too advanced (mini mentals 1/9, 0/9).
Sometimes I think we treat our companion animals better than our parents.
Oh, and while we're on the subject of useless LTC drugs. Premarin for a 96yo, demented, incontinent, bed bound patient?? Why?