Young caregiver here unable to work, full time caregiver to terminally ill brother and disabled mom
Hello. I need advice, please. My situation is a little bit different, so please bear with me as I have to explain a few details.
I am a full-time caregiver for my brother and now do many things for my mother as well, as her physical condition has worsened with age.
My adult brother is terminally ill and completely disabled, needs help with reaching things, bathing, reaching food to his mouth (no tube), and diaper changes as he cannot use a toilet.
I noticed my mother within the past 5 years has gotten forgetful. Over time it's gotten noticeably worse. Within the last year, I've been providing more care for her than usual as she had double shoulder repair surgery. Within this time, her memory's gotten worse and now has become verbally and physically aggressive towards me: throwing things, taking things from my hands, hitting me, pushing me, and spilling water on me when I'm asleep and can't wake up (I have a sleep disorder but she never used to do this). She's also shown verbal aggression towards my brother, saying he's enabling me when he stands up for me. I've asked him to ignore her but I know it's hard for him to not be able to do anything while she screams at me and threatens me (and in turn his survival).
I don't have any family or friends to turn to for help or a place for my brother and I to go to; we also have pets, which I don't want to abandon.
I can't stay with her anymore. When she's worked up, which is nearly on a daily basis, she threatens to call the police and have me removed from home and get me arrested for elder abuse. She tells tales of events, whether it's fights or stories of fond memories when we were young, that never happened. She stays on Facebook for almost all the time she's awake, telling said stories, and sleeps for short periods before waking and staying awake for sometimes a couple days at a time.
As far as DHS, we don't have many real resources where I live; the mentality (though I'm sure not all people are like this but there are too many) as an example many people have "suggested" stopping giving my brother life-preserving meds and letting him die "because it's God's will." I have nothing against faith, but suggesting basically killing someone is unconscionable. Please believe me when I say the mentality is very backwards here. Social services has been weaponized against us in the past (when mom's mind was stable). We were clean and fed, but people tried to separate us anyway (just one e.g.: one person who called DHS was known to be drug addict who was mad at us for not giving them my bro's medication and went into a fit of rage). We were nearly torn apart; this is but one example.
I have no job, no GED, nowhere to go, no money (and at my age it will be difficult getting authorities to believe me if she does get them involved when she goes into another rage episode) and I don't know how to approach this without her kicking me out. If my brother doesn't get the care he needs, he'll die.
Is it possible she has early-onset dementia? At first I was thinking maybe a personality disorder but it's so sudden; she never used to be this way. She's a completely different person.
I don't know if I should slip her Dr a note with concerns and just ask if they could nonchalantly bring up doing a test and give some kind of excuse to persuade her to take it, but I fear instead because of privacy laws, or because they don't believe me, that they'll just rat me out and I'll wind up homeless and my brother will wind up in a nursing home, and the pets will go to a shelter and be killed.
I and my brother are planning to move out, somehow, but have no money, no job, nowhere to go, and she has ownership of the handicap modified van w/ a hydraulic lift.
I'm scared, and I don't know what to do next. If she has it, get her dx'd for sure, hopefully get power of attorney or w/e, but I don't know how to do it without setting her off, or tipping the wrong person off and getting us separated.
I am 19 years old.