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My dad had a stroke Sept of 2014 ànd was paralyzed for about four months and slowly regained his strength to sit up and eventually walk with a walker. I am a single mother to a non verbal autistic child and after dad's insurance ran out for the nursing home my siblings told me I had to take dad. I took care of him for 7 months and had a caregiver while I was at work all while tackling my sons behavior, speech and occupational therapies. I couldn't do it any more. I came to the realization I'm all my son has and I need to be healthy. So I put my dad in an independent living facility and told my sister in passing the torch to her. Well she could've hired a part time caregiver or something but instead decided to spend the remaining $400 from my dad's monthly disability checks. Nobody is trying to sell my dad's house and my sister is taking my dad out of this place to live in her house that she won't be living in. My grandfather who has Parkinson's and hasn't taking his insulin in months and his gf who has frequent mini strokes will be my dad's caregivers all in efforts to "save money" while my sister is spending $200 a month on fake eyelashes and tanning salons and payday loan places are calling my phone for her!. I should mention prior to me helping her scrub her house for a week, it should've been on the show hoarders. She wants to take away my dad's phone because family came to visit and saw the condition of his apartment and were concerned for his well being. I'm really at the end of my rope. Everytime I try to save the situation my son gets out of control and my own home life is up in flames. Realizing there is nothing else I can do, I'm considering calling adult protective services anonymously as soon as my dad moves in her house on the 26th and changing my number. I hate this. I wish there were two of me. But I have to do what's best for my child first and foremost.

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Where does your father want to live? It's actually up to him.

And please think about Rainmom's answer really carefully. I know it's really hard to get past the incredible stress and anxiety of the situation, but she's speaking from experience and she's absolutely on the money. Best of luck, take deep breaths.
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Hey there Kimk - if anyone here can relate to your situation, it's me. I am the mother of a 22 yr old son with sever autism. My baby is completely non-verbal and functions at about a 2 yr old level. My sons biological father, whom we refer to as "the donor" went back to Australia, where he was from, when my son was about 1 1/2 years old. My son had a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy at the time - which turned out to be a minor case but at about 2 yrs old I got the autism diagnosis. The Donor said he couldn't handle a disabled child - we had a crap marriage anyhow so while being a single mother of a disabled child terrified me, him leaving was actually was a good thing. I then met the most amazing man when my son was five and we married three years later - he then adopted my son. I would have never made it, those few years as a single mom if it weren't for my own father. Daddy and I were very close - I lost him three years ago this past July. Sorry about giving my life story here but I wanted you to know I get it - totally - as to why you can't take care of both your son and your father. I hope you don't feel guilt over it, if your son is anything like mine, well - you've got a full plate. My son is very gentle and sweet - very well behaved but it took an enormous amount of devoted time and effort to raise him that way. I've been looking after my mom for five years along with my dad the first two of those years. I'm lucky that they had/have the resources to hire help and have never had to live with their adult children. But even so my mom is beyond difficult - we recently had to move her into a NH. She keeps trying to get me to let her move in with us - never gonna happen. I have DPOA. I also have two older brothers - one barely participates in moms life the other only recently began to help out, prior to that his participation consisted of visiting roughly twice a month when it was convenient. So here's where I finally get to you and your question: my now participating brother use to backseat drive me - questioning, bossing around, critising, when he felt like it - seldom knowing what the h*ll he was talking about. It drove me nutz, hurt me and made me angry. My feelings were and are - if your not doing it yourself or even helping out, you don't get to criticize. While you are concerned about your dad and your sister, you aren't the one doing the work so it's fair to say you don't get to manage how the work gets done. If dad gets removed from your sister he may land back with you. I'm am absolutely not saying to accept any ill treatment or neglect of your dad - but give it a chance. If you want to call APS have your documented evidence and more importantly have a Plan B.
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You're right. You do have to do what's best for your own family, for your son. You've passed the torch to your sister. You can't have it both ways. You're either in or your out. As you said, there is only 1 of you and your son needs you. If your sister isn't capable of caring for your dad then someone is going to have to find him alternative arrangements. Placing your dad with your sister and then calling Adult Protective Services on her is a real roundabout way of doing things. If he's not safe there he shouldn't be there. Did you not know about the fake eyelashes and tanning before placing your dad with your sister?

Stop trying to "save the situation". Do what you can do with what you have and let the rest go. It's difficult to step in to try to fix the situation and then step back out and say you're not involved. You either are or you're not involved.
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