Hi everyone, I've been lurking here a bit, this is my first post. I really appreciate any thoughts or advice anyone may have.
So my Dad is 71 with Parkinson's disease. For the past year or so my sister and I have been having him stay at each other's homes, because it was clear he couldn't be alone anymore. In that time he was mostly ok, just needed help with meds, meals and things. He would have times of confusion and anxiety but nothing really bad. Last month I took him to the hospital because he was having a pain in his leg, making it difficult for him to walk. He was yelling out, crawling on the floor. The doctor referred him to a rehab facility, where he is now. He was at the hospital for 3 days. One of those days he did have a severe incident where he got extremely agitated and combative, thinking people were out to get him and the hospital staff was evil. He mostly got over that the next day and was back to his old self. He is normally extremely easy going, cooperative and sweet. Always saying thank you when I give him his pills, a meal, or whatever. The first couple days in the rehab were a bit rough, not as bad as that day in the hospital but still agitated, thinking there was something bad going on there, etc. He has mostly calmed down off of that but his dementia has defenitely progressed. He frequently thinks he is in Miami, Japan or somewhere else. Very confused as to what is going on, asking the same questions multiple times, etc. I was trying to get him into a nursing home but apparently someone at the rehab diagnosed him with paranoid schizophrenia. My Dad has never had any mental health issues his whole life until now. Both the social worker and doctor at the rehab feel this is an incorrect diagnosis and are going to re evaluate him this week. The problem is the nursing home I was hoping to get him into will not accept him after seeing this initial evaluation. The problem is that because of the Parkinson's he does have significant mobility issues, and needs alot of help with things like dressing and toileting. But with the mental health stuff, alot of nursing homes won't want to take him. I'm looking into hiring a geriatric care manager to help me place him but I'm so lost in all of this. He has passed the medicare covered days in the rehab and I'm keeping him there on private pay for now. I don't know if I should just take him home or what. I appreciate any thoughts or advice anyone might have. Thanks