Mom moved to AL about four months ago (her third try at it). The same issues she was having at home continued on to AL. The family has suspected dementia for sometime now. One night she got confused with an asthma attack and would not let the staff help her take her emergency inhaler, etc. So, the ambulance was called. She stayed a couple of days at the hospital. She was having hallucinations, confusion and delusions. Nothing new about these symptoms but they seemed more consistent. From there she went to rehab. for about a month. While at rehab these symptoms continued and with reports of possible sun downing and a lot of confusion. At DC, we sent her back to her AL apartment. Since at rehab., she would only use a wheelchair even though previously, she had been walking and using a walker to carry her portable oxygen tank at AL. She even passed a stair assessment in efforts to find another AL she might like better. Probably, about a week or so back at AL she started making demands and going on strike. Doing things like refusing to eat or leave her room, screaming at staff and even slapping at them. Usually at night, insisting my dad was alive and they were playing a trick on her. This went on for about two days. A Dr. that comes to the facility sometimes talked her into going to the behavioral hospital. This would be her third time at one. Going in she was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. The two previous behavioral hospital she was perfect. This time has been a nightmare. She continued her behavior at the behavioral hospital. She was on Aricept and Cymbalta going into the behav. hospital. Seroquel was added when she got there. Mom continued to have behaviors and aggressive ones. She was walking around at first. Somewhere in the last 17 days she was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer's with behavioral disturbances and delusions along with anxiety disorder. She is now on depakote, seroquel, aricept, cymbalta, xanax, and then ativan as needed. Even on all of this she still has behaviors. She continues to pull out her oxygen tube from her nose and does not eat much but is now in a wheelchair. Yesterday, when I visited she was quiet and we had a hard time hearing want she was saying. I gave her some ice cream but she was not capable of feeding herself. Three days ago the social worker said if she continues on this path she will need 24/7 care with thoughts going toward hospice. The decline in a week is huge. Has anyone had this experience? A nurse did tell me the sleepiness was from the medicine. Even with her behaviors, she was walking and talking with some moments of lucidity but now she is totally out of it. Is this decline because of medicine and/or the Alzheimer's?