Hello! I am a 25 year old lady who is currently living at home with my mom and sister. For years, my 76-year-old grandmother lived about 10 mins away from us in our small town. She had a great life, going to church, lots of friends and had our support. The only thing is that she constantly would berate her entire family, and I don't mean the occasional insult or snipe, but we literally couldn't get through one conversation without her arguing with us. She basically alienated all of us. One day, we find out she left to move out of state randomly. We were all concerned but she told us she would call the police or getting a restraining order against us if we visited her.
As weird as this sounds, I didn't think this was odd. My grandmother has been the type of person who is incredibly defiant and really doesn't care too much about her family. She doesn't bluff or make up stories. She will do what she says. Flash forward to December 2019, I had a weird feeling so I decided to call her. Her demeanor was calm and she tells me she has dementia. I was a bit surprised, but also dubious. I really thought she wasn't telling the truth. Throughout January and February, I kid you not, she was calling every day 4-5 times after that, after no contact forever. Most conversations were weird, like why I was still single and what's wrong with my life, yadda yadda.
My mom gets a call from her in the beginning of February and she said she was afraid to go back to her apartment because someone robbed her. She refused to go back and the hospital that had her (which I assume was going through an early COVID spike) was not going to keep her there. They offered to take her home but she refused. We ended up traveling 4 hours to get to her and 4 hours back. After two weeks, we were going to take her home but she still refused to go back. A month went by and she still refused to go home. Then boom, lockdown happens. Friends in her city are getting sick with COVID, her place is lockdown and things are getting worse at home.
Flash forward to today, my grandmother is still here. These past seven months have been literal hell. Basically, her having dementia has really only amplified her hatred for all of us. The rest of the family is so distanced from her that we haven't had any help. So far she has tried to fight with all of us, she hides her stuff, she thinks we're stealing from her, she tells her friends we hurt her, she thinks my sister and I are adopted. A whole bunch of confabulations and delusions. As I type this now, my grandmother is trying to leave, saying she doesn't care about COVID, said she'll push herself down the stairs and claim that we did it. She threatened to burn our place down.
My mom is extremely burned out. My sister and I are trying to help but we can't live through this. Our best solution is to take her home and get her an aide. Is this the best thing to do? She refuses to give us POA. She refuses to get a doctor. There's really not much she wants us to do and quite angrily reacts at any suggestion we offer her. What should we do? Should we call 911? 211? Honestly, I'm hurt, horrified and a wreck.