At my wits end. I am my 58 year old brothers POA. He had a stroke a couple weeks back and now has no movement on his right side which also caused swallowing and speech issues. His mind is still sharp although he cannot be understood. He gets very angry when you ask him him to repeat what he is saying. He has since been moved to rehabilitation hospital for 3 weeks. Second week in he pretty much has refused all therapy sessions. He will have to go to nursing home as he can not so much other than feed himself with his left hand. It’s a roller coaster ride with him. One day he is calm and looks off into space and the next he is mean and cusses at everyone. They do have him on an anti depressant. He also is a diabetic which he did not control which I’m sure lead to the stroke. He’s never said he wants to die, but many days he refuses to eat or drink and so they have started an IV and caloric counts on his food. I’m just not sure what to do at this point. He is so young, but I just know he does not want to spend the rest of his days confined to a bed, eating puréed foods. What kind of life is that. Is he indicating that he wants to die? Should I talk to him about if he does stop all food and drink he will die. I do believe the IV and the meds they give him is what is keeping him alive. I’m just not sure what my role is as his sister is, not to mention as his POA.
Our dad died 3 years ago. He made up his mind he wanted to die and stopped all food, drinks and medication. He just gave up and slipped into a comatose sleep and died 3 weeks later.