My parents are both in a care home as my mum is in late stages Alz. and my dad has vascular dementia. He is also blind and wears a hearing aid. Dad is 88 and Mum is 86.
He and I cared for my mum until it became too much and was affecting our health. What he fails to realise is that I wasn’t just caring for mum but him as well. It was overwhelming to say the least.
Dad keeps saying that if mum passes first then he is moving out of care home to a place of his own and will refuse to stay where he is. He is making life extremely difficult in that respect and also his paranoia and suspiciousness of just about everyone is driving me crazy. He is in one of the best care homes with very caring staff but they are all either stealing his shirts etc or throwing his things out. They are actually in the wash and I have tried explaining. I have to do his washing even though he is paying through the nose for staying there and all the services they provide.
He thinks my husband has it in for him and wants his money which isn’t true. My husband has bent over backwards to try and please him but nothing is ever right. Same with me.
I’m so tired of it all, how do I handle all his negativity and make him realise that he needs care too? At one point he thought that he could take my mum home and things would be back to normal! He doesn’t realise everything I do for him and what that would mean for me if he did that. I am 63 and not feeling as young as I should.