My husband and I have been caring for my mother in law for a year. She has dementia, is non-ambulatory, and completely incontinent. I am home with her all day, and leave to work when my husband comes home in the evening. I have young children in the home, and am 6 months pregnant. I am still having to lift her from the bed to her wheelchair, toilet her, etc.
I can no longer capable, either emotionally or physically do this any longer. No one in my husband's family is willing to take her- even though all of them are older than myself and my husband (three of my sisters in law are much older than my own mother- he was a late in life baby), and have no children living in the home any longer.
She has medicare, not medicaide, so we can not put her in a nursng home. I don't even want respite care any longer- I just don't want to do it. I don't want the responsibility of caring for her. I feel like a terrible person saying that, but it's the truth. (I know respite will be suggested, and I am unwilling to entertain that idea any longer.)
I don't know what to do. I am so lost for options. We have spoken to our local office for the aging, and they have warned us that if we give up "custody" to the state, we may be investigated for elder abuse.
I don't know what to do- am expecting a baby in less than 3 months, and don't have anyone willing to take her for even that little time period after the baby's birth.
Do I even have any options, or are we stuck?
One thing-we are not her legal guardians nor do we have power of attorney- my brother in law does- can we force him to take responsibility?