My mother has had a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease for about 7 years and has been on Aricept for most of that time. In the last 2 years she has deteriorated and 5 weeks ago she went into a residential care home, unfortunately she didn't settle at all, she was very agitated and they found they couldn't cope. I have withdrawn her from there (I found her so unhappy that I found it upsetting) and am just about to take her to back to my home (I live in Scotalnd, she near Liverpool) to see if she will settle there. She has had a referral back to the Psychiatrist in charge of the memory clinic she attends and I understand he may suggest a drug to help with the agitation (don't know what yet). Does anyone have any advice, either regarding the effectiveness of likely drugs and/or on the practicalities of living with a mother with dementia?