Hi, I am new to this forum but I am dealing with two elderly parents who have very different personalities. My mother has been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and mild social anxiety disorder. She had a stroke in 2001, and has progressively had a decline in her short term memory in that she can't remember events from a month ago. Her memory seems to be stable when she is in a familiar setting but I've noticed her sense of time and self care has also declined. She has to be prompted to do things, and keeping a schedule is something she struggles with. She is on Xanax and Zoloft as well as blood pressure medication. My father has type 2 diabetes and does not keep it under control because he keeps spiking and crashing which causes his temper and personality to change from manic to aggressive to paranoid.
Because of all of this, my mom constantly calls me upset over something she read on social media, or to ask information about things she could find answers for using the smart phone's web browser. I have gone over the features with her many times, but I feel like I'm talking to a blank wall because she calls me back to ask me about something she could schedule with her phone.
Assisted Living would be the ideal solution for both of them, since they both suffer from mild self-neglect, and their diet consists of Burger King, Bob Evans, Steak and Shake, aka crap. We have discussed having someone come in to help out with the meals and self-care as they already have someone who does the garden, housework, and laundry. However, although this is met with initial excitement and agreement, nothing is ever followed through so we end up back in the same spot as before.
I am concerned as my mom's mental capacity starts to diminish (I believe in part due to the drugs), and my father's abilities to self-care and regulate his diabetes diminish that some of the people they have "hired" will take advantage of them. I don't like the idea of them staying at home, but they have expressed a genuine concern about their safety in an assisted living facility too.
So I feel like I'm stuck in limbo.