This is the first place I have posted a question.
Here's my scenario:
My father has early onset Alzheimer's. He is dwindling rapidly. He is 76.
My mother is an angry and abusive alcoholic who refuses to go to the doctor for anything. She has severe osteoporosis and who knows what else. She is 72.
I live next door to them and see them everyday.
My father has medication and a diet he should be abiding to, but she will not allow him to take anything. She has a severe phobia about doctors and medicine. She also will not allow me to cook for them and feeds him Mac and cheese and top Raman everyday.
On top of this she is abusive. If he forgets things she yells at him, hits him and justifies it that "everyone argues". He does nothing to defend himself because I'm not sure he realizes what's happening.
If I attempt to intervene she becomes violent with me and tells me to leave her house. She screams at me and calls me a user. My husband and I had ten surgeries the last year and had been unemployed. I have just now been able to look for a job. My husband is in disability for a year. We owned a business and buzzed through our savings. They allowed us to live here rent free for a year. Prior to that we paid rent and utilities for 8 years.
They have a very good pension so are not strapped for money at all.
She has been showing signs of alcohol related psychosis the last two years: she talks to herself, full conversations, makes up fantasies and believes them and twists them into lies and has fallen into conspiracy theories as fact. She also repeats her self often forgetting that she just told you something.
Recently my father changed a lot, mostly memory, and I told her to take him to the ER. She refused for two weeks. Finally she took him tontje ER and sure enough, he had a stroke three weeks ago. The doctor told me and my husband both.
Now, weeks later, she has convinced my dad and others in the family that his stroke was months ago so that they can go out drinking. Furthermore she will not allow me to have access to his healthcare, go to to doctor with them and she has been keeping him inside unless they go to a bar.
She has a history of lying and manipulation. Worse, she believes her lies.
My husband and I need to move in a year due to the economy. I want them to come with us. She refuses.
I am afraid to leave them here because she is abusive to my father and she is clearly not making good decisions. The drinking is making this impossible. A year ago she slipped on the ice and broke her arm but refused care. Now it's permanently damaged. Months later, my father fell and could not get up at 3am and I needed to go over there and help him get interesting bed.
How difficult is it to get a guardianship? I feel I need to do this soon. She is getting big worse and if we move and they do not come I don't know what would happen to them.
I love my parents and am concerned. But we cannot afford to live be here anymore.
I am tired of crying and worrying and losing sleep.
Any advice would be helpful.