Does anyone have experience with medications commonly used to treat behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? Our home health nurse recommended (and Dr. prescribed) starting my husband on a very low dose of quetiapine (Seroquel) for agitation and depression. I think I understand why we are moving to the antipsychotic meds — He is depressed as well as becoming more and more anxious, agitated and upset. He is unaware of how his behavior changes throughout the day – most alert when he first rises leading to lots of confusion/anxiety from 4 pm to 8 pm. Also, when he finally settles in bed he does not sleep more than 2 hours at a time during the night without having night sweats requiring a complete change of clothes.
Regardless of the effectiveness of the medications, I’m facing some pretty tough issues and decisions. I can try to get more in home care but I am also questioning my original plan for home care. Is staying in our home the best for my husband or would he feel more secure and stable in a memory care setting (as well as get more social interaction that may help the depression) — I have not yet visited any facilities near our home but will be doing so in the next few weeks. I know that any transition will be hard on him – whether it is bringing more people here into our home or moving to a memory care facility ….. appreciate any and all perspectives.
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