Combativeness is created by the environment such as cold rooms (61 degrees) being striped naked and showered as two aides stand over spraying the resident with the water. Aides complain about resident complaining, yelling "I'm freezing" and the P.A. increase a medication from 1000 mg to 3000 mg. at one time. A medication which causes agitation and has not been proven effective for agitation in dementia patients. Doctor has clearly stated he would have increased INCRMENTALLY, not at one time. Doctor also stated my brother could live a long time because he was healthy and had a strong heart. Care plan meeting was not followed. Nurse, doctor, and psych doctor were to meet to discuss the aides concerns. Any medication change was to be discussed with myself (guardian) prior to change. This did not happen. I did not approve, or agree. Speech Therapy was brought in after medication had been started because my brother was not able to swallow. From June 16 to July 3 he became very 'zombie-like' and unable to feed himself, talk. By July 12 he became nonresponsive, had vomited and was admitted to ER. He passed October 9. Reminder - Doctor said he was healthy and had a strong heart.
There are a couple aides who seem compassionate and caring.
There is a recreation "plan" posted in the common area. The many days we sat in the common area, the recreation did not take place.
There is NO ala carte. NO, meals are not prepared at The Cottages, they are brought in.