My mother has been Baker Acted twice in two months. She was in the hospital psyche ward for a week to 17 days each time. Between hospital stays (March 3rd-10th and April 17th to May 5th), she was in an assisted living facility with dementia care. She was bounced out of the ALF on April 17th, because she became paranoid of and combative with her roommate, and tried hitting the roommate and her visiting daughter, with a cane.
The hospital psychiatrist, social worker, and nursing staff all said that mom was not combative while with them, BUT she was talking in a paranoid manner about other patients in the ward, and beginning to show signs of misbehaving herself again. We conferenced, and felt the only way to have her eligible to go back into dementia care was to medicate her. She is 87.5 years old, and ambulatory. My concern has been the side effects of the anti-psychotic medication she is on-Risperidone. She has been on it for almost 3 weeks, and it is helping her.
Is there anyone out there with a similar experience, who would be willing to share their experience and any info?