My father has become more agitated and aggressive as his dementia has worsened. He has even pulled my mother's hair and pushed her. She is in the same care facility. They recently put him on a daily dosage of an anti-anxiety drug and he is already on an antidepressant. We don't want to put him on more medications but don't know what else we could try.
The wellness director and the psychiatrist at their facility seem to be pushing for a 2 week psychiatric observation at a psychiatric hospital. Yet they have not tried separating my parents from each other nor have they tried giving them separate rooms. In fact today the psychiatrist entered a session with my father and asked him why he has been aggressive with my mother. Why would a psychiatrist ask him something like this since my father can't remember the occurrence in the first place. My father then became agitated and the psychiatrist said this confirmed that my father is having issues.
Is there someway to deal with aggressions and agitation without resorting to a psychiatric ward observation with antipsychotic drugs?