Ronmac, Im glad you posted this. Are you legal guardian over your Father? I am legal guardian of my mother and its helped the psych ward situation ALOT.
My Mother has been in the Geratric Psych hospital since 12-4-06, she gets out 2-1-07. Its been a bumpy road for us!! The first 2 days she beat up 3 nurses. They had to adavan and risperdal the heck out of her, which turned her into a drooling slumped over vegetable.
VERY IRONIC that you mention Zyprexa. My Mother was on that and it made her hallucinations/delusions a ton WORSE. I believe thats what actually caused her to turn psychotic (was paranoid, wouldnt take pills, everybody was trying to kill her) Before we brought her to the psych ward she was a crying, screaming, fighting mess. The psych ward also had her on Haldol, but after I investigated it there were way too many bad side effects so I requested she be weaned off it.
The psych hospital started her on ECT (shock treatments) and the difference was amazing!! She will be able to come back home next thursday. The ECT also decreases the amount/variety of med's they need. Shes no longer on Zyprexa but on 20mg of Wellbutrin XL, small dosage of adavan (the smallest dose available) and a small dosage of Seroquel. Very good combination, IMO.
For the record, my mom is 61 and has severe dementia. The Dr's never say, but Im betting shes entering the later stages. She has just started to wear Depends and has some difficulty expressing anything anymore. However she smiles and laughs and can squeeze out a few words here and there. Surprisingly, she still remembers us and our names (I have 4 siblings).