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How Can I Put Him In a Home?

October 21, 2013

It’s wasn’t safe for Dad to be alone anymore.  I just never knew what he would do.  My daughter and I had split up the days.  We knew just who was responsible at every moment.  We have a schedule posted to assure we stay on track.  She works so the nights and longer days are mine.

Nights have really become a problem. We have alarms on the doors but he has left the house at 2 or 3 am more than once.  One night at 1:30 am, the lights were all on.  He was doing electrical repairs.  Another night he was checking every room.  His parents were “just there a minute ago”.

Then, I found a pair of his boxer shorts draped over a lamp shade. The light was on to help them dry.  The lamp shade and the boxers were scorched.

How could I keep him safe anymore?

I was exhausted. I began to accept that I couldn’t do it anymore.   It was too much.  Taking care of Dad had become my whole world.  I couldn’t let my daughter continue to dedicate so much of her life to his care.  I wanted time with my husband.  It wasn’t working anymore.

But how could I put Dad in a home?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    October 21, 2013 8:14 am

    This is one of the hardest posts for me to read. Even after a couple of years, my brain knows we made the right choice, but sometimes my heart doesn’t agree. Love you!

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