My dad is indecisive. How do I deal?

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I'm an only child whose father is turning 70 and has advanced Parkinson's. He has always been "difficult" to get along with, and now it is reaching crisis point for me. He had a long-term girlfriend who left for another man but still communicates and leads him on that she might come back. My mom died in a nursing home so he knows what that is like and DOES NOT want to be in one. He is having more and more trouble living in his own home and we have researched places where I live that have all levels of care. He says his only choice is to move near me (i'm on the coast and he is midwest), but is already listing what he won't like about the facility sight unseen. When I say if you really don't want to move there, don't, he yells at me, "What choice do I have?" He feels he needs to be near someone who can oversee the nursing care when it gets to that stage. He does not want to be in a home without someone closeby to monitor how they are treating him. He has relationships with some family members in other states but has alienated some and doesn't want to reconcile. He isn't even here yet and I'm a mess. Please help!

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Hi, May I add a few comments to this conversation.
My father was a social worker, and taught us the value of reality and compassion: seeing the true picture, assessing the needs of the person, hearing their fears of loss of control of their life, and doing his best to show them that he would be a stable member of the support team. When the bond of trust was established, there was a door to communication.
At the end of Dad's own life, he had many health problems and was in a lot of pain and weakness. His mood ranged from charming to belligerent depending on how he was feeling. Many times I cried as I left there, feeling like a failure.
I then took him to some of his doctor visits, and the time gave us a chance to reconnect in a special way. He had to depend on me to be on time, keep him safe during transportation, know the way, and to listen carefully during the time in the doctor's office. I was temporarily his advocate.
We can only do what we can do, but I have heard from my stepmother that Dad was proud of his children for the adults that we had become. What I learned was that putting myself into his shoes helped me to understand what it is like to lose control of life and to have to be dependent on others. One image that I use to remind myself of this is what it feels like is to lie in bed on a wrinkle in the sheets or pajamas, and not be able to smooth it out. Hours spent in discomfort, without the ability to fix it. We take our lives for granted until the time that it changes drastically. I learned patience and to be stable in my life and I am so grateful for that time with my Dad.
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OK, how do you know this? :) Yup he is living that bumper sticker: "Live long enough to be a problem for your children." At this point I'm relieved the rush to come out here is on hold. But I'm feeling guilty he hasn't seen his new grandchild:(
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Crowe asked, "Do you think he might be narcisstic?" I can answer that one from miles away: YES! Narcissistic people manage to keep you in an uproar trying to find solutions for them....none of which is "perfect" enough. Then when you take time to make plans for them, they pull the rug out and you start all over again. Ask me how I know this?? ;o(
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No he hasn't been evaluated but he is pretty reasonable about what he can and can't do. He does respect doctors. Actually over the years we've found he underestimates what he can do. He is the type that when he has surgery thinks he needs to be in bed for a week. These days they want you up and walking. He had hernia repair a few years ago and had planned for a neighbor to come in and make him toast should he not be able to get out of bed! At least tonight he wasn't abusive--he actually didn't want to tell me he rejected the facility here sight unseen because "last time I annoyed you telling you what my concerns were about it.' I asked would the facility in your town not have the same issues. Well, I haven't contacted them yet. He is totally competent, does my taxes! so at this point he will do what he will do. Thanks for the response:)
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Has a home health nurse gone to evaluate his living circumstances in light of his health and shared with him their concerns?

Has his doctor talked with him about not needing to live by himself anymore? Or does he not respect doctors?

Do you have durable and medical POA for him?

Has he been evaluated for being competent to conduct his business in a business like manner?

Wow does he sound like one difficult parent! Do you think he might be narcissistic? Keep up your boundaries for your own safety more than thinking such will every change or fix him. Stick to 'em and have some concrete consequences for when they are broken like he knows you will hang up the phone.
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Update: Just spoke to my father and now the nefarious plan is a facility in his current hometown. Without my knowledge, he ruled out the place near me. Fine, but as I said, please let me know. I asked about having someone to make sure he is getting good care and didn't really get an answer. As my kids would say, "whatev!" Also wanted to say I've really enjoyed reading different posts on this site. The humorous ones about caregiving are really cute:)
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He has some friends but would be better off hiring a contractor to oversee and get it all done. I realized I neglected to mention in my OP that we have a teen, a preteen, and just had our newest 4 mos ago, so I'm not so much help with flying cross-country at this point! Baby isn't napping today so I feel really over-extended as it is...
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ugh. I feel your pain. kind of been there myself.
Any idea I came up with was stupid to my folks
Getting RE ready for sale is a heavy task. Any help where he is?
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Well he has to get his house ready for sale which the realtor said requires a lot. I asked if he would rent it. No, renters would trash it! Therefore, I cannot have a convo with him. My kids hear me repeating uh-huh, uh-huh for 30 min:(
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Well Dad, you're right. You don't have a choice. Here's where you're moving. Pack.
think that would work? lol
I hear you. one of the ladies on the Grossed Out thread wrote a few days ago about someone who couldn't be pleased:
He'd complain if he got hung with a new rope!
That really cracked me up!
let us know how he does!
lovbob
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