our 93 yr old father has had bipolar all his life... also narcissistic personality. most of our childhood he was depressed, but occasionally would be excessively happy (manic). classic case.
at this point, my mother has been dead 15 yrs., and we have taken care of him continually since then. my brother & i are POA. We have had more trouble with him because he refuses any kind of nursing care (he can hardly walk, has heart issues and prostate C). last yr we put him in a nice assisted living facility to rehab, and he was so mean, they asked him to rehab somewhere else. He has alienated all of his family except my brother & i. He has insisted on living alone in his home (40 min. from us). we have accommodated his needs all these yrs, knowing how important his independence is... but he expects us to jump when he commands. over the years we have tried to set strong boundaries, but he doesn't comply. he drives w/out a license, and even bought a new car(???) and drives alone to Albany to visit his "girlfriend" (83 yrs). he has had numerous accidents, even hit a pedestrian, wrecked several cars, and falls asleep when driving at high speeds. He falls and even had concussion. His local police and I have a real good relationship over this... but, no one who has authority will deem him incapacitated. he's had 3 psych evals that said he was fine. his primary doc is afraid of him, and his psychiatrist is a dolt who does nothing. our father does whatever he wants when he wants, and doesn't look at repercussions, consequences or how he hurts others. he is clever and smart and is a master manipulator.
during this past christmas, my brother had him stay at his home during the holidays. my father bought a gun (??), unbeknownst to us, and later pointed it loaded at my sis-in-law. he thought she was an intruder. we no longer have him at our houses.
he has money and lets it be known. he's dangled money over our heads our whole life, as my brother & i struggled to make ends meet. his way to control us.
this past year has been the worst yet. going back some: my brother and i were adopted from birth. our father recently told us he never loved us because we are not of his blood. he only adopted us for my mothers sake (she had C, & couldn't bear children). he calls me "Bestia" which is Devil in sicilian. i am disabled and living on SSDI. i am only 58 and can no longer work. i am 10 yrs. divorced from an abusive alcoholic, after 24 yrs of marriage and raising 3 kids alone. i have other health issues from stress, heart attack at 52 and PTSD (marriage). and now this. my father ended our relationship by "wishing me a life of poverty, pain and disability, and to live in the streets of Phila. in the gutter where i came from" .
my brother has also been emotionally scarred by this father. at this point, we haven't seen him or talked to him in 7 mo. a neighbor seems to be taking over his care, and she is angry w/us for not being involved. we don't trust their motives, and he has been very generous w/them w/large sums of money.
we don't know what's going on, but are afraid to get re-involved. we had to freeze some of his assets due to his crazy spending on stupid things. the assets were to help w/end of life care. he thinks i stole his money and tells me how much he hates me. i have it safe for his needs at a later date. he doesn't understand why the money was frozen, and now in another account.
since we haven't dealt w/him in months, our stress levels have lessened, and so have some stress related health issues. we actually even smile now.
some people say we should forgive and get back to caring for him. he needs nursing care for safety & other services, but won't agree to it. Family members tell me that my just face or voice incite his wrath, and that i shouldn't see him for my own safety. in my heart i forgive him, because i understand he is ill, but just can't be around him. i don't think i can care for him and detach. i already feel he's dead... just waiting for the call. i must sound like an awful person. i pray/meditate daily and have close relationship to God... i trust in Him to guide me. i prayed over this for years. i don't love my father. he was never "there" and was always critical and hurtful. When i hit a patch of poverty & couldn't afford food, he bragged about the luxury cruise he just came back from, w/expensive, useless souvenirs for us.
so, in the end, i walked away and it was so hard.... but, i feel if i have to withstand one more abusive person that's supposed to love me... i will crack. BTW i have been in therapy and it helped me so much. but, my biggest fear is rejection or lack of love. i don't feel loveable, and i have to fight that.
hope this made sense. i am anxious to hear feedback from those on this site. thank you for listening.