Mar 15, 2010

Joleen's Dad Out in the Cold -- What Should She Do?

His assisted living home called 911 after some violence and he is still in the hospital geri-psych ward 5 weeks later drugged out of his mind!....
By Bob DeMarco
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RE: Nobody Wants Our Dad

Joleen commented:

I am in a similar situation with my father currently in Michigan. His assisted living home called 911 after some violence and he is still in the hospital geri-psych ward 5 weeks later drugged out of his mind!

His assisted living home recently called to say they won't be able to take him back because his psychiatrist can't GUARANTEE that he won't have a violent outburst again (of course, he can't guarantee such a thing)... so now he's homeless and we're stressed while trying to figure out this confusing assisted living/nursing home matrix where there seems to be no obvious rules for who WILL and WON'T take him.

It's a ridiculous system! At least geri-psych hasn't released him yet so we still have time... and I believe my mother may have just found a home to take him! She has been working on this day and night...

Comments, Insight and advice wanted on this issue.

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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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