And is me keeping mom in a home she doesn't recognize anymore. Mom had the first signs of dementia I remember 12 years ago.. I am sure there was earlier signs.. my mom hasn't driven in 4 years.. she hasn't cooked in 2 hasn't used microwave or washing machine over a year.. hasn't even tried to pay bills in 18 months.. most days she can't write anything and has problems completely most thoughts..
6 months ago I had people with her everyday a week for 5 to 8 hours.. she wandered away for first time in October since a hospital stay in December she has someone here 24/7.. she doesn't recognize her own house.. and doesn't know about half of the family members with pictures on walls.. she sometimes thinks I am her husband that past 15 years ago not her son..
In the past month her sleep has got really erratic.. sometimes maybe sleeping a total of 7 or 8 hours over 3 days..
My mom was a nurse for 35 years.. when people take care of her she feels like she is still at work.. she tells me why do they keep bringing me back I keep quitting I don't want to do this no more..
In some ways I think my mom has given up.. she has told me a couple of times she would rather be in a nursing home.. she loves being outside and flowers.. today it was 60 I told her it will be nice when she can set on porch in warm sun.. she said yes but she didn't see it happening she wouldn't be around that long..
My mom is only 77 she has had chronic health issues her entire life lungs and kidney problems and of course now we battle UTI's she has zero bladder control left.
My mom until a year to 18 months ago was pretty good when we didn't have an infection.. in the last 10 months she has changed dramatically.. now when she is good she is what I would of called pretty bad a year ago.. when she gets bad now.. she can not even get up herself.. -
For years I thought my mom was good and where she has week immune system I thought infections made her seem worse then she was now.. I think my mom is a tough broad and she is really a lot worse then she lets on..
My mom has my dads life insurance money.. so money wise I could pay for her care at home another year or so.. I have been lucky to find a lot of people to help..
But now my mom seems constantly in panic.. maybe keeping her at home is not the right thing.. I have always said I want my mom to have great quality of life we have no concern about how long she lives..
Right now I feel I am letting everyone down, my mom, because I can't calm her, my wife and kids because the time I am not there and my work because I cannot concentrate..
If my mom continues declining at this rate I don't think she will be alive this time next year but what if it is 2 years or 4 years or more..
how do I know when to do what..
I am very much a man of god.. I think I will know when but not sure... I am not sure I could handle my mom in a nursing home begging to go home...