As per recent findings, it has been illustrated that the cases encountered of people with alcoholic issues or the ones suffering from depression are most often misdiagnosed during the initial stages.
It has been discovered that in several cases where a person shows symptoms of depression and alcohol abuse and at times even psychological trauma, are termed to as suffering from dementia. Although, in most of the cases, it has been found that the people are not demented, but due to the symptoms they exhibit, they are thought to be suffering from that.
However, the National Addiction Centre Director, Professor Doug Sellman, asserted that the misdiagnosis is very common, when a person exhibits all the three symptoms mentioned above. He illustrated that the symptoms tend to develop an image that depicts that the patient is demented.
However, encountering a similar case, the Health and Disability Commissioner, Antony Hill has claimed of compensation from two Auckland health providers Taikura Trust and Oak Park rest home, after it was discovered that there dementia unit had a woman who had been wrongly diagnosed of dementia due to the symptoms.
Mr. Hill commented that the Taikura Trust and Aranui Home and Hospital Ltd have been found guilty of holding a woman in the dementia unit and that too in worse conditions. Above that he described that the hospital had no appropriate court orders to keep the woman in such conditions, that too for a year.
He said, "The providers' failures to get the basics right had resulted in a highly vulnerable person being unlawfully detained for an extended period". As a consequence the woman died.
Further, it has been notified that both the providers will be compensating the daughter of the deceased.