Disagreement about caregiving for mom with dementia - Why is it assumed it's my job?
My spouse and me are both retired and don't live close to my mother (we are 1500 miles away). My brother and his wife both work, have a son in middle school and also don't live close to her (they are 300 miles away). Late Nov it became evident that our mother needed assisted living. I flew to where she lives and spent 3 weeks taking care of her (doctor's appointments, researching and setting up assisted living, buying furniture for the assisted living location, etc). I asked my husband to come help me and he flew into town. She spent one night in the assisted living place and got very aggressive with staff. They recommended Elder Care unit at a hospital to be diagnosed. Long story short, dementia. My brother came to "visit" for 2 nights (he drove). While at the elder care unit, she had a stroke...then went back to the elder care unit. I flew back to where I live for a week and my husband and I drove across country the week before Christmas to get her into a place for in-house-stay physical therapy (where she is now). My brother went on vacation for 3 weeks (out of the country) because they had already paid and planned for this trip (blah, blah, blah). Every day I sent texts updating him about everything going on (yes at times I felt his responses were questioning my actions...I choose to ignore them). My brother has primary medical POA with me as the secondary if they can't reach him. I have the durable POA in which I have already taken over finances, paid bills, sent POA copies to places, etc. My husband and I have also been cleaning out her house at the same time (it's in horrible condition...). We have not been sitting around waiting for brother to return from vacation. Now he's back from his vacation and says "we need a plan." I've been here working on the agreed upon plan that we discussed when he was here for his 2 day "visit." He dropped some hints that I need to research nursing homes with memory care facilities and implying that my retirement status allows me all the time in the world to do it. I put my foot down this morning and told him he needed to take charge of that as I am 6 weeks into helping compared to his 2 days of "being on the ground." He said he would come back this Friday for a week but really couldn't afford to be gone more than that. Just because I am retired doesn't mean I have all the free time in the world; I have earned my retirement and we have our own plans in place for some home construction and some travels - I'm willing to share my time 50/50, but it's not looking that way. My spouse has done more for my mom than my brother at this point. Am I wrong here? How do I tell my brother he needs to step up. I know his employer has Family Friendly Medical Leave that he can use towards helping out. One last thing, neither one of us has been close to my mom in the last several years as she's always been some what of an unpleasant person to be around and next near to impossible to be around since our father passed away 7 years ago. We just want to make sure she's being taken care of. Both my brother and I have agreed that we will visit every other month to check up on her as well as keep in daily/weekly contact where ever she is staying. It's just this initial placement that needs to be done by both of us - just not me by myself.