P_RN: Nice to know I'm not alone in falling apart when it comes to my nearest and dearest!! This has been the most incredibly stressful week! My parent's family doctor just had back surgery, so he is not available. I took Dad to a walk-in-clinic, to see if the doctor there could be of any help re. his recent rather abrupt decline. She told me she thought he needed 24 hour care and supervision, and that I HAD TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING THAT!!
It was a shock, I'm telling you. I talked it over with Mom, and she didn't see the need for it. He doesn't wander away from home, it's just that he's now having problems with continence, memory, and is moving soooo slowly. We decided to go with a PSW to help him with bathing and dressing every morning. If that doesn't work, we'll try it morning and evening.
Wish I could just quit my job and be there for them 24/7!