A 58-year-old male asked:
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dementia pt 1st in assisted living, then memory care unit but evict due to assaults, in psych unit, then again assisted living unit (not locked). y?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Dementia & assaults: There are many possible causes for violent behavior in people with dementia, including delirium from occult infection, & conflict with staff. It requires urgent evaluation. I'm sorry, but I have no way of knowing how placement was selected for this person after discharge from inpatient psychiatry. Please ask the physicians and staff involved about this, and for any recommendations they may have.
Answered on Sep 27, 2013
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Dementia is a very: Severe and debilitating illness that affect the patient , family , friends and other caregivers . It is a very difficult condition to manage . It requires a very dedicated , knowledgeable and experienced professional to help with this situation . For the most part , dementia per se does not need medication for wandering and some behavioral issues . Reassurance , redirection will be enough
Answered on Nov 26, 2014
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Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Depends: For specific reasons talk with the doctor and staff involved. Dementia is often accompanied by behavior disturbance and this can include aggression. There are medications that treat behavior problems and can save lives when aggression is moderate or severe. Have the person evaluated by a geriatric psychiatrist.
Answered on Sep 14, 2013

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