Difficult mother with memory loss makes me mad and sad and full of stress.
My mother asked to move in with my husband and I while she was living in Mass. on her own in a senior apt. complex. We thought it was a good idea since the only family around her were her adult grand kids who were married with kids and life's of there own. Her son (my brother) lives fairly close by but he hasn't wanted anything to do with us for many years. Me, being the only daughter took on the task. My husband and I cared for his father and my father prior to their passing and we always said we would care for our parents when the time arose. my husband or I are currently employed, as we Mom has been with us now for a little over a year now, and it hasn't been easy, to say the least. We knew it was going to be some adjustments for everyone concerned, and we got past all that and she is pretty much settled and feeling at home.
Since then we have come to realize that mom needs to be paying more rent. We have started to dip into our own retirement money to provide for her. She gets my dads retirement and s/s which adds up to more than 1100.00 a month and she has less than 500.00 in bills. When I told her we were going to raise her rent by 100.00 a month for a total of 600.00. she about chewed my head off and made some hurtful comments. That 600 gets her her own bedroom with a nice patio, all her food and all of her meals cooked for her, I do her laundry and put it it all away for her, I take her to her doctor appointments and take her out to play bingo a few times a month, I make sure she takes her meds and that she gets out for some fresh air and a walk around the block. And she's with family and not some strangers. Prior to all this, her oldest grand daughter of 38 years and married has called a few times asking her for money in large sums.She has probably given her close to 4000.00 in all and has never attempted to pay her back. I tried to explain to her that she is being taken advantage of but she yells at me and tells me it's none of my business. The next thing I know my mom is on the phone to her money hungry grand daughter telling her that we don't want her here anymore. UNBELIEVABLE. I asked her why she has a problem with paying 100.00 more when she just sent her grand daughter over a 1000.00 for god knows what, but she had no answer. Her only comment was " I never thought my daughter would treat this bad." I reminded her of how much it would be if she was living anywhere else, and that went in one ear and out the other. I feel my only recourse is to go ahead and find her someplace else to live and then she will wee just how good she had it living with my husband and I. She will hate me for it, but like she always says to me. "Deal with it."