Father with dementia, I live 500 miles away...resistant to help.
My father is 83 and lives alone in his own home. He seems to be rapidly declining into dementia. My mother died of Alzheimer's disease 3 years ago, and it looks like he is headed in the same direction. He is losing his ability to perform and/or understand daily tasks, and recently did agree to allow a caregiver into the home for a few hours a week (2 hours a day, 3X a week). I think he needs more.
i have had to make 3 trips there in the past month and a half. It's a 10 hour drive, I am his only child. He doesn't want to move closer to me, and doesn't want to go to assisted living. How do I convince him to accept more help, and where do I turn?
He maintains that he is just fine and managing well. This is totally untrue. Today he called me to tell me that he was locked out of his house for hours, and had to drill the lock out of the door. He has keys outside the house, he claimed his caregiver locked all the deadbolts (not true).