Recently put both parents into long term skilled care. It's been 2 weeks. Dad has advanced Parkinson's and is a constant fall risk and wasn't able to be compliant with his meds. Mom suffered from severe short term memory issues and suffered recent TIA attacks. Dad is not adapting. He's adamant on leaving. He's fallen. They must put an alarm on him constantly because he is trying to leave or walk without aid. He is fearful, combative and angry. He suffers from diabetes and is deaf.
I live 100 miles away and cannot be there continually. We chose this nursing facility because it is in their small community and they will accept them pending approval for Medicaid, which has also been a complicated process for various reasons which should have been easily remedied, but this is NM where nothing is easy.
My mother could thrive but he's wearing her out like he was when they were home. Now, she too just wants to go home. As if they were being punished, they now resolve to do better. I'm riddled with guilt and heart broken that they are so unhappy. Everyone says they'll get used to it or it will get better. I cannot see how. Their room is not homey as of yet because they may need to be moved and perhaps separated due to their various needs.
When I showed up on the weekend I found them disheveled and confused with all their items packed in little plastic bags as if ready to leave. His nurse came to retrieve him from the lobby where I found him and he reared back in fear telling her not to touch him and begging me to take him home. He says they are not giving him his meds right and they are tracking him. He says they've stolen his hearing aids and he's lost my mom. It was gutting. I found one hearing aid in a little bag they'd packed. I found my mom exhausted slumped in a chair in her room wearing her pants backwards. She looks worse then when we brought her.
I don't know what to do. I'm sick with guilt, grief and disappointment. When and if they are approved for Medicaid, my thought was to move them closer to me where I can be there often. What help he revived from the VA was not enough to have in home care.
The days for them are semi functional according to the staff but the nights are long and tortured for him. I believe his meds, Exelon and the extended release carbidopa/levodopa make him crazy. He hallucinates and has very vivid dreams. He does better with the shorter acting Sinemet but needs it every 4 hours.
I'm worried the stress will kill us all. How does this get better? What is the alternative? They were not safe at home and now they are miserable, angry, fearful and weaker then before. What a mess. I haven't quit worrying since they arrived there.
Is this normal? Am I doing this all wrong? I have taken FMLA at work to be there more often but it's a battle when I leave and I cry the 100 mile drive all the way home. Despite FMLA my work suffers and I'm a single parent who needs my job. I'm in the sandwich generation caught between elderly parents and kids of my own. Although my kids are grown and despite living with me are independent and supportive. I suppose I've lamented enough. I, too, am exhausted.