Hi - My mom has dementia and has been in an ALF for 3 years. They are very attentive to her, but she has always kept her room extremely warm. That's OK with decent temps outside, but in central Florida, it's sometimes near 100 degrees. With her keeping the door closed and the AC shut off, she starts hallucinating due to dehydration. Oh, and she refuses to drink water or anything else between meals - where she drinks sweet iced tea or decaf coffee, both dehydrating. She also insists on having the door closed whether she's in the room or not.
The AC units in each room are the long, low ones underneath the windows. We've tried taping down the door that leads to the controls. We've tried taping over the "off" and "heat" buttons, but she just takes all the tape and covers off. Any ideas for another way to dissuade her from doing this? She becomes very upset if the AC is on - it's a rolling AC that automatically turns off when it reaches a certain temp (we've put it at 77 degrees) -- so it's not on constantly. But whenever it is on and Mom's in the room, she goes right over and shuts it off. I'm at a loss now, as are the ALF staff. Thoughts?