This is my first post but I've been relying on this site for over a year. My 82 year old Dad (Alzheimers) was transferred from a nursing home where he'd had no issues for 8 months. The new home, which we thought would be better, has turned into a disaster. After one week, they had to call the police and the ambulance because he'd wandered off and became physically combative when they tried to bring him back. A whole day in the ER, then he was discharged. It happened again the next day. He was on the geriatric psych ward for a week. He went back to the care home, and put on a secured floor. We thought the problem was solved. Two days later they called an ambulance again because they couldn't deal with his agitation. He's now in a different hospital, and for the first time it appears we're dealing with "sundowning." Now he's on a cocktail of meds and the entire situation is beyond appalling. We are getting the distinct impression that the care home doesn't know what to do with him. He was a professional athlete and requires daily exercise; they tell me I have to make arrangements for this. I try, but I have 3 kids and a job. In Canada, we have established rights for residents in care, including the obligation to design "a routine around the specific needs of the patient." I see none of this happening. The other patients are in wheelchairs - my Dad moves around like a man in his 60s! I feel he's being punished for being in exceptionally good physical shape; unfortunately his body has outlived his mind. When he talks it's word confetti and he's reverted back to Italian. Luckily my husband is able to somewhat make sense of what he's trying to convey. Regardless, my Dad is frustrated and frantic and I don't know what to do. Can the care home refuse to take him back? I think my Dad is driving them crazy, which is understandable but I cannot see one single thing they've done to accommodate him. They just call an ambulance! And then the hospital does another round of "evaluations" and "assessments". It's ridiculous. This feels so cruel... Has anyone dealt with this? What is going to happen to him? I'm envisioning my father spending the rest of his life drugged and restrained on a geriatric psych ward. And all because he feels like a caged animal. God this is awful...what a pointless ghastly existence this is for him.