About 15 months ago my sister decided it was too dangerous to let mom live on her own and ordered me to rotate mom's care by taking turns having mom live in our homes. Mom didn't realize what was going on and constantly begged to go home all day while at both our homes. My sister is wealthy, travels a lot and would unexpectedly leave on trips for up to a month leaving me with most of the caregiving. She would take mom for about two weeks and then dump her back on me after I had mom for sometimes up to 2 months. My sister dictated scheduling and I just went with it to keep things harmonious. After 8 months of this, my sister & mom came by to tell me she had just signed papers to move mom into an assisted living facility. The facility did not have a memory care section which concerned me. We spent a week painting her small studio, moving moms things, buying new furniture. Sis gave me a list of over 30 "to dos" and I happily did everything. Sis told me this was a 1 month trial run & was using her own money without her husband's involvement to see if the place was a good fit for mom. I voiced my concerns about mom being reclusive, wouldn't remember agreeing to move in, not having memory care & mom not going to dining room to eat. Sure enough, on move in day, our mom refused to move in and almost caused a scene. She had no memory of ever agreeing to AL. Sis told me to take mom home with me and try to move her in the next day. Sis then was supposedly sick and left on a 3 month vacation without trying to help me move mom in. She literally disappeared! Mom was angry that we tried to put her away. After 2 weeks back in my home & tons of coaxing & love, mom decided to give AL a try. The 1st night was a disaster and mom lost her pendant, cell phone, room key, removed batteries from channel changer, and was a mess. Her eyes were nearly swollen shut from crying all night. It took me an hour to find everything she lost. She asked to go to lunch & then coaxed me into taking her home with me to lay down. She literally locked herself in her room at my home and refused to go back to AL! I explained this to my sister while she was vacationing but she didn't care & told me if mom didn't go back, all help from her would be stopped. I tried so hard but failed miserably. It is now 8 months later & mom is still with me. To save my sister money, I moved my mom's belongings out of the AL so she wouldn't be charged $7k a month. Sis is no longer allowed to "share the care" as her family doesn't want mom in their home. It was too depressing having someone with Alzheimer's around even though they have 4 housekeepers, a cook & 20,000 sq ft home on the beach. Two weeks ago I told my sis that mom is ready for a memory care facility and I'm emotionally, physically and mentally spent. I'm a mess and haven't been out to a movie or dinner for almost a year. Mom doesnt have any assets other than social security and I can't afford cost of a facility. Sister's hubby is rich but she has no say in money matters. My mom & dad raised my sister's 3 kids & gave up their lives for them. My sister & husband (control freak) promised they would always take care of our parents as my father retired early from a great job to travel and help care for their family. After dad passed 5 years ago, mom went downhill after 60 years of marriage and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She has lost all short-term memory and begs to go home everyday, all day. We were always a close family and had very little drama other than sis and her husband having bad marriage issues. Sis has been in the cycle of abuse for years but never had the guts to leave. She used her family of origin as her personal firewall & always he isolated her from fam. Sis husband is a hateful man & now punishing mom because I wasn't successful moving her in to AL. I literally did everything to get her back but had no help from anyone. The room my sister moved mom into was less than 300 sq ft. Sister has no backbone and she is letting her husband make decisions for our mom when he wasn't supposed to be a part of the 30 day trial. Sis comes over to visit mom about once every two weeks and chain smokes for 2 hours. She barges in unexpectedly and I once again have no say when she even visits. She claims she feels guilty she can't have mom in her home nor help with a facility but I'm sickened she won't stand up to this monster she calls a husband. Putting mom in a good AL with memory care would be like pocket change to them. She has thrown our mother away like a piece of garbage and I'm now a slave. My husband is a true hero and so awesome with the situation. He has suggested looking for help via the state since mom has no assets other than social security. I told my sister I'll have to put mom on welfare and she doesn't care. Thank you for reading my sob story. I guess I'm asking you all if mom should be punished because I was unsuccessful moving her into a place that wasn't a good fit. Help? So so tired.