My Mom was diagnosed with early onset dementia 4 years ago. We live together, and I’ve been her caregiver, along with working full time. My Sister lives out of state, and offers no emotional support. She refuses to call my Mom. Lately, my Mom has become doubly incontinent, and has begun waking up in the middle of the night, pulling clothes out of her closet and putting them on her bed.
She can’t even take her medicine anymore without me having to hand her a glass of water. I get so frustrated, I feel exhausted and anxious all the time, and this COVID-19 stuff doesn’t help, as I’m an essential worker who has to work face to face with customers.
I feel I’m going to have to put her in a facility at some point, but she doesn’t have much savings, yet gets too much from social security and her retirement to qualify for Medicaid. I feel trapped.