I know it's rather impossible to explain something to a dementia patient, but the heating / cooling issue is driving everyone (including the AL staff) up the wall. So Dad can NOT understand the concept of a thermostat. We've tried that and failed, but he gets unreasonably cold and it effects everything. His comfort level is about 81 degrees year round. The ALF has thermostat type heat in the wall (like hotels), but Dad refuses to turn it on because it releases cold air when it first comes on. Instead, he tries to heat the room with a ceramic space heater that's turned all the way up and blowing directly on him. Not only is this essentially against the rules, but it doesn't work well when the temperature dips. Such is the case the past couple of days. The space heater just isn't enough to keep the room warm, and with it blowing full blast all day long, it shuts off to keep from overloading the electrical circuits and causing a fire. The result... Dad complaining about being too cold to EVERYONE. He then will have the staff to keep turning the larger unit on and off repeatedly in 10 minute intervals until they tell him they won't be able to keep coming back to do it. Dad refuses to use an electric blanket (scared his legs will catch on fire), or wear anything outside of his Members Only jacket from the 80's, so layering isn't the answer. The ALF won't allow him to add another space heater -- especially since he refuses to use the perfectly working heater in the room... What else is there? Did I mention that this goes the other way during the summer? We went to the hospital at least 3 times last summer because he insisted on keeping the large unit off in 95 degree temperatures which led him to overheat.