Mom was recently hospitalized for disorientation, confusion, and memory problems due to a bipolar episode and an untreated Urinary Tract Infection. Mom has had Bipolar since 1981, and has complied with taking her medications. Her psychiatrist switched her psychiatric drug 3 months ago, so her bipolar was triggered. Mom claims that she had no sypmtoms for her UTI. She has been successfully living by herself for 10 years, after her last bipolar hospitalization, except for hygiene problems.
Due to the medications received from her hospitalization, Mom's bipolar is under control, she has no confusion, and she has no UTI. However, the rehab center has discovered that she has short term memory loss due to Mild Cognitive Impairment. The rehab center now claims Mom should go into Assisted Living as that is the only way to ensure medication compliance (she takes over 12 pills a day); daily bipolar mood checks; and socialization with other seniors. Mom wants to live in a rental apartment near me. I, home health aids, and frequent psychiatric visits will ensure that her bipolar is under control, she has medication compliance; and she has proper hygiene.
This rehab center takes a very dim view about a patient's ability to handle Bipolar, and feels Assisted Living is the only way to go. During her life, Mom has been able to control her Bipolar without Assisted Living. Given Mom's short term memory issues, bipolar and susceptibility to UTIs, must Mom go into Assisted Living? Which medical professional can I ask that would give good advice? Many psychiatrists seem pretty lazy, and just want to prescribe pills instead of giving practical advice.