We are in great need of help regarding the following matter. My mother is 85 years old, suffers from dementia and hyper-tension, and lives in a level 3 elder care facility that is privately owned. It is a small facility and has five residents at maximum capacity. The owners are new and this is their first “group home”. Recently they admitted a younger woman who suffered a fall and cannot live on her own while she is on the mend. She is a temporary resident, and doesn’t suffer from the same elder related diseases my mother and other residents there do. Since she arrived she has taken over the television in the main room, so everybody else has to endure whatever programs she likes to watch, from the beginning of the day until bedtime. This entails soap operas where the characters engage in fornication and bickering disputes, Dr. Phil and other more innocuous programs like Ellen which is light-hearted in content but has loud screaming audience members. She has a television in her room and is physically able to get up from her seat and watch her programs there, but she chooses to remain in the common area where my mother and another resident spend the majority of their time as they are not physically able to leave the room. My mother has never enjoyed the type of programs the new resident insists on watching and is too polite to complain. The other resident is unable to communicate at all. The woman appears completely uninterested in how her viewing pleasure affects anyone else, doesn’t ask, and keeps the remote beside her at all times, as she reads her novel while the television blares and drones on. As I mentioned, my mother suffers from hyper-tension and severe dementia and is now becoming uncommunicative, something she does when she is so unhappy she retreats within herself. The hyper-tension puts her at a high risk for stroke and she becomes agitated and distracted easily. I am reluctant to address the issue with the new owner because I don’t want to do anything which could jeopardize her residency, but at the same time I am dumbfounded that such an obvious point of general consideration and common sense regarding the living environment for the elderly should even have to be addressed. It occurred to me that the Alzheimer’s Association might have some literature available that could help communicate to the owner the appropriate television viewing guidelines for residents in elder care facilities, and failing that, any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.