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Jim: Found His Home

When We Started

Jim was 82 years old and was being evicted from the senior community in which he lived. His behavior had recently changed, he had become angry, agitated, loud, and violent, at times. Jim applied to an alternative senior community but was rejected, and his family then knew that no other senior living community would accept him in this condition.

We first stabilized Jim’s behavior so he could avoid being evicted. Our geriatric psychiatrist reviewed the medications that Jim was on and discovered some that are not well tolerated. She implemented a revised medication plan and the CARE team visited Jim two to three times a week to monitor behavioral changes after medication adjustments.

Interventions We Performed

  • Conducted environmental and social assessments and came to understand that Jim was having difficulty coping with his increasing loss of independence and isolation.
  • Implemented the CARE Method in collaboration with his senior living community and home care agency
  • Made small changes to daily routines and caregiver interactions which were synchronized with medication changes with the goal of increasing his sense of control and purpose

Outcome for Jim

  • Jim’s anger and violent behavior had stopped completely.
  • Not only was he invited to stay in his senior living community, but he was offered a placement by the community which had previously rejected him.
  • His family was delighted to see him return to his previous stable and happy state and were able to return to their daily lives with peace of mind