I'm in a dilemma as to what is the right thing to do. I've made the decision to finally admit my husband to AL but still there are so many loose ends to clear up.
I have to get the doctors to send the correct orders for meds. He's been on Xanax for about a month. It has changed him 80% as far as weakness, mumbling, stumbling around, and continuing to be defensive, paranoid, and compulsive about many things when he's awake.
The AL won't keep him if he continues to pace and trying to leave the building. They said it can be fixed with medication and he needs the Xanax and that the doc needs to add an antipsychotic. I have questions about all these things too.
Since my husband has been so attached to me, it's been suggested by the AL that I stay away from him for at least 2 weeks or longer. They said they can't "make" me do that because I have a right to come in at any time. But they said it would be best if ALL family would stay away and let him acclimate to
the new surroundings.
On the other hand, I have others telling me that he will likely do better if I stay with him most of every day until he gets used to the place. They say as long as it takes and that might be up to a couple months...this advice from friends and a couple caregivers I know.
I'm willing to do whatever is best, I just know I can't manage him at home anymore. He takes constant redirecting and the only break now is when the Xanax puts him to sleep. But I'm very burned out, it's been several years! But I could stay about 7-8 hours in the AL if it would help him adjust.
Please, if anyone has any experience about which way is best I'd sure like to hear how it worked.