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Published August 31, 2013, 10:00 PM

Minding Our Elders: Dad’s stroke may mean nursing home

DEAR CAROL: Dad had a stroke three months ago at the age of 89. Before the stroke Dad lived in a retirement center and I’d take care of his medications and take him out occasionally. He’s now in a very nice nursing home on what we thought would be a temporary basis, for rehab. However, he’s become terribly paranoid about his caregivers, even though this is a highly rated facility and we’ve checked it out carefully. He thinks he has to pay the aides and we can’t convince him otherwise. He’s also very irritable, which is unlike how he was before the stroke. His doctor has him on an antidepressant, but I don’t see any improvement. Does this sound like a case where he will improve and go home, or are we looking at long term care? The doctor just keeps saying “time will tell.” – Rich

By: Carol Bradley Bursack, INFORUM

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