My sister and I have been dealing with new behavior changes in our Dad for the past 4-5 months. She lives 3 hours away by car, I live several states away from him/them.
We have succeeded in having him sign a HIPAA release form so we can talk to his doctor, as well as updating his financial power of attorney and medical directive.
The main issue is that he lives alone in a rural setting and has many signs of dementia. He is unwilling to make any physicial/environmental changes (moving to a senior community, etc.) or take the medical advice of his doctor, who has recommended an anti-depressant.
Some signs of dementia he shows:
- Agitated behavior
- Difficulty with problem-solving
- Personality changes - extremely depressed and hopeless much of the time
- Inability to reason
- Paranoia - thinking that family members are conspiring against him, afraid of getting locked up, etc.
We have sent 2 detailed emails to his doctor, highlighting our concerns, but no response yet. Any advice for what next? How do you handle a person with likely dementia from far away?