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  •  That is what I am wanting to do, and, I believe (12+ / 0-)

    what was intended... that she get the Haldol ONLY if she had a violent outburst (like she did in the hospital). I can live with that.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

    by cany on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 10:34:04 AM PST

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    •  I've heard lots of bad thing (9+ / 0-)

      about Haldol, but that is the only drug that worked to get my mother's psychosis under control.  She was completely out of control - hitting, biting, scratching,  swearing, even spitting - until the Haldol level was adjusted.   She had been rejected by several nursing homes and was on probation when she went to the one she's at now.  Everyone who sees her now can't believe she was ever like that - they say she's "cute" and "sweet".  So to me, Haldol is a blessing.

    •  My other advice to you (learned from experience), (7+ / 0-)

      is to realize that not all alzheimer's/dementia units are created equal. If you feel uneasy with the treatment your mother is receiving, trust your instincts, and investigate alternatives.

      It's amazing how different the atmospheres and attitudes and treatments vary from institution to institution. Each nursing home is its own little world, and some are far superior to others.

      In my area I have found that the best nursing homes and the best Alzheimer's/dementia units are non-profits affiliated with religious organizations and in fact the absolute best is in a nursing home affiliated with the Lutheran Church.

      The unit was built from scratch to accomodate the special needs of Alzheimer's/dementia patients replete with inner courtyards with gardens they can sit or work in and an open kitchen just for the residents to participate, to any extent they can, in baking and cooking. (The place always smells of fresh-baked bread and this is very comforting.)

      They also recognize that some Alzheimer's/dementia patients are prone to "sundowning" (becoming agitated at night) and therefore have activities at night as well as during the day and are fully staffed at those times.

      So I recommend if you are at all uncomfortable with the attitude, procedures or treatment provided by the institution your mother is in, that you look around for another place--it could make all the difference in the world.

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