Jul 01, 2015 - 08:48 AM
The best way to obtain emergency dementia care, is take the person to the Emergency department of the hospital. If you are not able to get them in the car to take them then call 911. Let the staff and or emergency operators know that the person is need of a complete mental health assessment for dementia for extreme confusion, combativeness, and other symptoms you describe that threatens their safety and the safety of others. The Emergency department will run blood work to ensure there is no physical problem that causes these symptoms present and if not they will then transfer them to geriatric psychiatric facility for evaluation and treatment.
My preference if possible, is to get a person living with dementia to a geriatric psychiatrist to be evaluated and assessed as an outpatient so treatment can be started right away and the physician at that point would determine if they can be treated via outpatient or best to admit to inpatient. With this option you are in control as to what doctor and or facility then treats your family member.