Do you contact their primary care doctor about your elderly mom's alcohol problem?
My mother is 81 years old and an alcoholic. Everyone in the family knows NOT to answer her calls after 5pm because she is usually toasted by then. This puts her in jeopardy in reality; but no one wants to talk to a drunk. During the day she is fine, lives alone, still drives and is pretty sharp. However, in the last several months we have had two falls, one resulting in a broken foot. She also ran over her own mailbox backing out of the driveway recently. I live 8 hours away and I get the dreaded phone call about her terrible day, how sorry my dad was or when she feels really froggy jumps on me. My question is this; have any of you notified the primary care doctor of a drinking problem. I know her doctor has received the ER reports. I constantly worry about her but I know I could never move her here, she hates cold and snow. Plus, I would probably start drinking myself in the long run just to be able to tolerate her. I feel this is an accident waiting to happen and I'm trying to avoid anything terrible happening. Any suggestions would be appreciated.