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My father has the dementia diagnosis. He is on medications to keep him calm. He has lashed out verbally in the past, but not frequently. This week, however, he smacked another resident on the back. I understand this is not acceptable behavior, the facility called me immediately and demanded I take dad to the doctor, which I did. They put him on a low dose of sleep meds 3x per day, which 'should keep him calm'. Meanwhile, the Assisted Living Exec. Director has demanded that they place a 'Companion Caregiver' with dad, 24 hours a day - at a price of $500/day! It has almost been a week, with no further incidents. Dad has VERY limited funds, and I'm afraid that the ~3 years we've calculated that he can afford assisted living will go down the tubes, at this rate. Do we have any legal standing where we can demand a 'cease and desist' with the 'Companion Caregiver'? It seems the facility is more concerned with CYA and liability, than dad's best interests. Thank you in advance for your comments!



Does an assisted living facility have the right to assign a 24-hour a day "companion caregiver" after an incident involving my parent?

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Did the facility give any time frame? It they are leaving this open ended they may be trying to get your dad to leave. My mom fell twice in her first 10 days at AL and they said me had to leave or provide a private, professional caregiver during her awake hours. CYA thing with a bonus profit margin. We kept mom there for two months providing the care giver, paying full rent and service fees - with them basically having no contact with my mom - sweet deal, huh? When we final found a good fit NH we moved mom - mom not quite understanding it all and mad as hell at having to move again. If you need to check your paperwork but know they give themselves a huge cushion using phrases and works like "best intrest, protection, danger to self/others..." Best to move on if it's doable.
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It's really not up to the facility, they are bound by state health laws. Their only other option is to ask you to remove him from the facility. If the meds are not effective he will have to move to memory care. The safety of staff and other patients takes precedence. Please read the admission papers.
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