It is good to read all these comments. My husband has alzheimers and there are times he is lucid and other times he is so far in left field its unbelievable..He is on namendia..aracept..resperdal..and numerous calming drugs. He has been on silver alert, and don't have a clue where he is part of the time. I know its not the way he wants to live..Its still a decision we are waiting on the dr. to tell us whether to continue the meds or take him off. My husband was extremely aggressive before he got this..I am almost afraid to try him without drugs, for my own safety..This is a very horrible disease. I am reading articles that say marijuana pills for medical use, really helps. Why is this not available.
What do you mean by he's so far in left field? Was he that way before he started the medications?
Do not back down from this.
Do not think that he did not mean it, he was agitated he won't do it again, it wasn't that bad and so on. You can come up with any number of excuses for him but bottom line is if you are injured what will happen then? A friend of mine woke up when her husband had her by the throat and a knife in his hand. She placed him for her safety.
Medications can help but it may be a while before you find the "perfect dose" and even then it may change as he declines.
As you search for a place with Memory Care look at the guidelines and what would give them reason to "expel" him.
Yes it is terrible.
And if your state has legal medical marijuana ask the doctor to prescribe it if it is indicated for a condition he has been diagnosed for. Some states are pretty picky about what they will accept and will not accept. For example a diagnosis of Alzheimer's may not warrant a prescription but if he is diagnosed with " chronic back pain" that may be covered.
What I meant to say was... You need to decide NOW and discuss this with any children.....
Will his doctor put him in the hospital in order to adjust his medications? That way they can monitor his behavior and see what you are seeing.
You need to care for yourself so if taking him out is not possible get someone to come in and sit with him for an hour 3 times a week so you can get out for a walk or a bike ride. Just something to keep yourself going. (if you can't manage 3 times a week 2 would be better than nothing)