My mother-in-law has a live in caregiver and lives 45 minutes away. Currently the caregiver is going through health challenges and the substitutes provided by the agency are no shows or don’t come back. My sister-in-law who we don’t have a relationship with, other than talking about his mom, is retired with no spouse. We have 2 young kids with travel sports and we have busy careers.
Her kids refuse to put her in a facility and the caregiving is a revolving door. The caregiver had no groceries this week and we were left to pick up the pieces.
She is constantly having her meds adjusted and having trouble following simple commands and even swallowing. She needs 24/7 care and doesn’t sit still at all. In fact she falls when she visits us sometimes and we have stairs. My husband sleeps beside her at night and even showers and changes her when the caregiver is not available.
We moved from another state to be close to her.
All this is creating stress, tension, and fights between us. He is starting to have her come more often to our house with the caregivers and I feel like it’s a bit much. I need my space and want family time as it’s hard to do w her here. How can I be supportive and draw boundaries? My mother-in-law and I never had any type of bond. She’s a bit of a loner and no friends or family that are close to her.My husband loves his mom,but she has been absent for the past 20 years of our marriage. I feel we are paying a price with our relationship for a person who was never here for us.
Moving was challenging enough, but I feel it’s too much giving and something has to change! Any advice?
Are there any long term care facilities that don't neglect their patients?