Hey all. Glad to be somewhere where it seems like there's great dialogue about senior care.
My mom is 68, my sister and I are in our late 20s/early 30s. Mom has been an alcoholic all her life, in and out of rehab, never able to stay sober for more than a year at most. She also suffers from bipolar disorder and NPD. Mom and Dad have been divorced for 20 years, but Dad still supports her financially — mostly we are all still there for her because it's tough to deal with the guilt of abandoning a family member who we all feel is very sick.
Mom has tons of behavioral problems. Mostly suicide attempts that aren't truly attempts but rather cries for attention. Several DUIs, etc., can't really hold down a job due to lack of confidence and mood disorder issues. None of us have very fruitful relationships with her, as she's never really been around as a mother or partner. Her primary way of "connecting" with people is either recalling her personal traumas or causing new ones to stay on top of people's minds.
Somehow after a life of drinking and never really taking care of herself, she has avoided any major illnesses (at least that we know of.) She is not at a point where dementia is an issue but her mental acumen has deteriorated due to so much alcohol abuse.
It is difficult to set up boundaries for someone with these kinds of mood disorders, especially since we suspect Mom doesn't actually WANT to be happy, healthy, and sober. She has had many, many stints at long-term inpatient rehab programs, very fine programs (Hazelden and others) and truly endless support from family, emotionally and financially.
We are at a crossroads in terms of what to do after a recent suicide attempt has left her hospitalized and held for psychiatric evaluation (easily the 10th time this has happened that I can recall.) Our options seem to be:
1. Continue to support her financially and allow her to terrorize us until she passes away
2. Cut her off emotionally and financially (she receives SS, but not enough to live on) — this is an uncivilized option, in my opinion, and difficult for our father who still lives in the same town that she does (so she would still be able to go to his house, etc. unless he took out some kind of restraining order)
3. Help her find some kind of assisted living/housing situation where she will be safe
Her safety is a concern at this point, but our family's emotional wellbeing is a higher priority, at least to me, given how much she has taken from us over the years and how little she has contributed as a true member of the family.
Are there options for someone like this in terms of care and housing? She is not violent towards others but is emotionally unstable and still abuses alcohol, which rules out almost all nursing homes or senior living facilities that I can think of.
We are comfortable financially but are not interested or capable, really, of incurring a massive monthly expense for her care, so most full-time residential psychiatric facilities seem to be out of the question. Does anyone have any suggestions?