To answer your question: The original facility that my grandmother was in has an assisted living unit, with very minimal nursing care, and then a full-blown, non-ambulatory Alzheimer's unit. Apparently, if you're somewhere in between, then they don't have any way to accommodate you, which I think is odd.
Anyway, Grandma was acting abnormally -- hallucinations, slurring, night wandering, paranoia, etc. -- which all came on rather suddenly. They (the facility and my parents) chaulked it up to Alzheimer's or severe dementia and required her to move.
The real reasons for the abnormal actions were that she was being given WAY too medicine (about
19 or 20 different prescript
ions) and she had a urinary tract infection that was out of control, but no one could seem to diagnose it.
Now, she has had two strokes and suffers some issues due to this and probably some dementia (occasional aphasia, trouble writing, some balance issues, and no peripheral vision out of her left eye), but she does not have full-blown Alzheimer's. My mother was trying to claim that the Alzheimer's came on "all of a sudden," which anyone who knows anything knows this is impossible.
With a reduction of medicine and the urinary tract infection cured, she's pretty close to being her normal self. However, going back to the original assisted living facility is still not an option. She is beyond their capabilities, but that simply means she needs a little more nursing care.
Post Edited (PhotoJenic) : 10/4/2005 5:15:05 PM (GMT-6)