My wife has Ataxia, a rare, progressive, incurable neurological disease. It has progressed to the point that she has lost the ability to even support her weight if I hug her to provide the balance. Because of this I cannot use a walker or wheelchair to move her around the house because of the difficulty of the transfers. Since this latest degradation in her health I have been using a Hoyer lift with a sling to move her where she needs to be. She has also lost the dexterity to clean herself in the bathroom. This is something that I always said would be my red line, something that I just cannot do. But because I love her so much I have forced myself to have the fortitude to do the cleaning after she uses the toilet. I have been caregiving for her for a little over 2 years now but she has been this way since September of last year. I cannot leave my house now for anything unless someone sits with her because if the house would catch fire she would die in her chair just 3 feet from the front door. She had spinal surgery 2 months ago for 2 bulging disks and the doctor put her in a nursing home for rehab. After one week she began calling me in the middle of the night crying for me to come take her home. It finally got so bad that even though insurance ok'd her to stay and the therapists and myself all thought she needed to stay for the therapy it was decided that because of her emotional state that she would come home. Our insurance has been wonderful and we have had home nursing, home therapy and home social workers ever since she returned home. These services are for her medical problems, not for home care...feeding, bathing, bathrooming ect. These are not covered. I do all of the caregiving of that type. The home nurses, therapists and social workers have been coming to our house almost daily now for 6 weeks. 4 days ago the social worker and 2 of the nurses separately asked me in private how am I able to do what I'm doing both physically and emotionally. I told them I can't hardly do it any longer, especially emotionally. So all 3 of them, at different times, told her I need to be relieved of all of my responsibilities because of the toll it's taking on me. I had been hinting at this occasionally to her but she seemed to not listen. She finally said to our oldest daughter that she thinks she may need to move in with her sister, who is a retired nurse and who offered to take my wife in in the past, because of my state. But I am pretty sure that once she leaves our house that she will never return. I wonder if her sister, even with her training, is up to the job, but she wants to try. I'm ready to give it a try but when I look at my wife and try to imagine her never coming home again, waking up in our bed alone every morning, I lose my nerve to suggest she talk to her sister. We've been married over 46 years now and I know this would probably be best for us both but the finality of it just crushes me. I know some of you folks out there have dealt with this already and I need your experience and wisdom to help me get over the emotional hump. Thank you so much for any advice you can give me. I forgot to add that she has said many times that she will never go into a nursing home if it means never getting out again. So I have that emotional baggage to deal with too. My 2 daughters, one of who is a doctor, says their mom is not being fair to me and I should do it anyway with their full support. I am torn.