Feb 05, 2016 - 08:07 AM
My first thought is anxiety and sensory deprivation. Is he under the care of a psychiatrist who specializes in this? This might be a good option to make sure he is on the correct medication to address this vs a family physician since this sounds like it is definitely an issue. Employees of a ALF are not skilled to address this, so I would recommend nn occupational therapy evaluation from someone who has experience in implementing a "sensory diet."
They would be able to give you some ideas depending on his specific medical history, current abilities and limitations, leisure activities and medications. They look at which of your "senses" are not being met and help make a plan and a list of activities to help. A few examples would be figit blankets or fine motor activites such as a box of nuts and bolts.
What did they enjoy doing in the past? Is there something that you can provide them that they enjoy to give them something to do? Or what is calming to them - rocking chair? heavy blankets? music? scents such as a lavendar diffuser?
Look up sensory processory disorders or sensory integration for the elderly for more education.
Wishing you the best!