Vent - at the end of my rope!

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At the beginning of this week there was a government inspector at the nursing home to ensure everyone was receiving proper care. When the woman asked my mother if she had any concerns she said yes, she didn't know where the money from her house sale went (18 months ago and she was kept informed every step of the way but she wasn't so looney tunes then) so I got hauled down there to provide paperwork like a common criminal. I met with my mother and the EA, produced all the numbers and she was satisfied. She then went on for 2 hours about staff not running fast enough when she snapped her fingers, how she wanted to sleep in and have breakfast served when she woke up, how I'd sold her house in 2 days once she was out of it, the loss of her furniture - me, me, me, I want, I want, I want, wah, wah, wah.

I thought that was the end of it but today the NH director called me and said the government wasn't satisfied and wanted copies of the paperwork as they thought I was committing financial abuse and spending her money. I was totally floored. The NH, family run for over 100 years, has never experienced anything like the witch and never been under scrutiny by the government and they're freaking out. They want me to run down there asap so they can make copies of the paperwork.

I shredded the house sale papers (shred all flyers etc for compost) as it was gone and done but I can get a statement of adjustments and statement of receipts and expenditures from my lawyer and that I will do. I will call my lawyer tomorrow and make an appointment to see him Monday and get some advice on the situation - he does a lot of estate work. Yep, I guess I have to "lawyer up" because who knows what that witch has up her sleeve to destroy me more than she already has and the fact that her brain is 75% fried due to strokes makes her even more dangerous.

The NH director spoke with her today and, when asked, no she didn't think I was stealing her money but, a life long narcissist, she's loving all the attention.

As you know, I gave up a highrise condo overlooking the lake in Toronto, my furniture and a $60,000 a year job to live in her freezing, gloomy basement to care for her 24/7/365 for four h***ish years with no income at all, purely out of duty as she's been the mother from h*** life long. I came to Canada in 75 with a job, 2 suitcases, $100 and a roof over my head for a week. I worked hard, often 2 jobs, to build a life but she destroyed it. A life long narcissist, she is all that matters and screw anyone else.

When my mother's house sold she gave me half of the proceeds and I invested the rest for her. We'd pooled our resources and made investments joint to avoid tax on her passing. With my half I bought this little place, in deplorable condition, for less than "my half" and spent the balance on starting renovations. It's not done yet and I don't have a shower so I wash down and make do.

I have POA. There was money in ING and TD. TD is now an hour's drive in either direction so I've been gradually changing over to BMO which has a branch in the village. Right now there's $xxx,000 in BMO and another $xxx,000 to come out of TD this year..$65,000 of that is my RRSP but that still leaves Madam $xxx,000 plus her pension.

I am totally distraught. I will get this sorted once and for all and once it's sorted I will continue to preserve her money and pay her bills but I'm done. Running down there with cookies, chocolates, flowers, new clothes? I think not! It is so totally over. If I'm lucky I may have 10 years left and it's mine!

I am so down and distraught but only I can climb out of this big black hole and I will, I always have. Thank Dog for my precious dogs. Without them I likely would have ended it all long ago - yup, when Cody died I had nothing left and actually considered suicide as a way to get away from the witch.

When I was about 6 the witch knocked me about, cracked my head open and put me in a hospital - it never got better after that and I spent a lifetime avoiding her. I've done all I can for her, gone above and beyond out of duty, but it's over. One thing I can't decide once this is dealt with, whether to take her to task or just stay away and ignore.

There's nothing any of you can do but thank you for listening,


I'm listening. don't know what to say to help. I think you should withdraw attention for some time, you need a break. go back and visit on your terms. can you let the lawyer handle things and stay removed from it all yourself? definitely take some time to look after yourself, get your plumbing done :)
dementia is a steady stream of lies. my cousin and i were discussing this yesterday. she said aunt edna hated subway sandwiches. i said " but she told me that you and your long john silvers sucked ". ( she likes both ) .. sharon said she would steal from you too. edna recently offered sharon some of her own stolen trinket jewelry back. we had a good laugh but its not always funny.
good luck to you INK, judges / attorneys are experienced with these matters.
your mother isnt trying to destroy you ink -- she is clinically insane..
Thanks folks. Captain yes my mother is sliding down the dementia hill and her last stroke sent her down the hill at alarming speed. Recently she asked me when dad was coming to visit as she'd seen him in her room (he's been dead 15 years), has heard her mother (who passed in the 70s) calling her and often thinks there's a dog or cat in the room. Being accused of being a thief is appalling. I'm no angel but I've never even had a parking ticket. Been shaky all day, sick to my stomach and raving diarrhea.

I have a meeting with my lawyer on Monday. In the meantime I've written out a 3 page synopsis of everything leading up to this point and I'll email it to him over the weekend so we can discuss a plan of action. I have no siblings or living relatives and know no-one out here yet so I've no-one to talk to and I need someone in my corner. An older man, he does a lot of estate work. In future if anyone wants anything they can deal with him - and I'll use mother's money to pay his bills!

Spring is just around the corner and I can't wait to get outside, haunt the nurseries and start planting. My wee house is dilapidated (working on that) but it sits on almost two acres surrounded by fields and forest, a beautiful peaceful spot. I can do a lot myself and the bathroom reno will take place when it's consistently warm, perhaps in May. I'm also planning on starting up my little on line business again. Naturally I'll have little or no time to go visit my mother {evil grin}. Onwards and upwards!
Recently, with the mention of spring, my mother said "Oh, you'll be able to get a long chair out and relax on your deck". Yup, mother to a T - sit on your a** life long while others run and do for you.
Would the government inspector back down if you were able to give to me a note from your mother's doctor that she has problems with her memory?

Was this the inspector's first visit to any nursing home? If not, surprised she hadn't run into other patients who told "stories".
^^ oops, I need to proof read..... should say "if you were able to give her a note"
Hang in there Ash. I don't have any advice for you, but I want you to know I am listening and care that you are hurting. Gardening is wonderful therapy! Get those nails dirty!
No doubt the inspector was a beginner - dressed to the nines and running around with an open laptop to look good. I'm sure she never asked the staff or resident RN about my mother's condition and they know it as well as I do. I doubt my mother weighs any more than my big old Labrador (Ashy came to me from rescue last year aged 7 and is 85lb), can't find words or speak clearly, looks at you like a deer in the headlights and rocks/rolls her wheelchair back and forth constantly.

Her latest "thing" is that she can get from bed to her wheelchair and go to the bathroom by herself which, unable to sit up or stand, she can't - hauls herself up using the upper bed rails. When I visited last week, before I could stop her, she slithered from bed to wheelchair with a "Never mind, when the (bed) alarm goes off they'll come running = instant attention. My God, if she had to ring the call bell she might actually have to wait for someone to come to assist and, as a life long narcissist, that just won't do. She demands instant attention and is always complaining the staff don't run the instant she wants something. I mentioned this latest "thing" to the NH director and he was horrified but there's nothing he or the staff can do about it apart from strap her down or drug her out of her mind which they don't do here. Forgive me, but the mood I'm in right now, strangling her seems a great option. As they say "I can understand how it would feel to be an axe murderer" but don't worry I'm totally non violent. I just want the life long pain and suffering this woman has heaped on me to be over.

Due to her narcissism and dementia, it's only a matter of time before she has another stroke or a very bad fall again. I'm sure it will seem awful to many of you but, frankly, I'm looking forward to her demise as she continues to suck the life out of me as she has done all my life. I don't feel I'll ever be free until she dies.

As money is one of her very many obsessions I'm going to give the office a few hundred bucks to hold for her and advise her they have it for any time she wants it. On March 26 there's a fashion/clothing outfit visiting the NH, which they do from time to time so she'll know she has money to buy anything she wants. Of course she won't buy anything as "it's too expensive" but knowing the money is there will make her feel more in control.

I truly can do no more than I do and have done. So upset, today I've felt so ill. Going to feed my precious creatures then make some supper for me. Hopefully I'll be able to keep it down :(.

When you meet with the attorney on Monday ask him, if it comes to litigation, can he handle it. I have been down that road, spent a couple of thousand on an attorney who would rather not be in court. Retained a litigator, but had to start all over. At least I realized fairly soon, not too much money down the tubes. Check out the site AVVO, they may do Canada too to find a darn good elder law litigator! If AVVO does not include Canada, there must be something similar. Also try Super Lawyers.

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