I have been my mom's caregiver for 19 years. We have always been very close and I have been blessed to have had a very loving and trusting relationship with her. Here lately, within the past four months though it has gotten very difficult. She has refused to pee, (many tests have shown it is mental and not physical) she is accusing me of trying to poison her with her medications and water. She has gotten to where she will lie to me about stupid things and has just been very difficult all around.
This is not like her at all. She has been suffering from dementia for 19 years. Until the past four months, she has been very active and engaging and a happy person. I cannot lie this really hurts. It is really getting to where I cannot do this alone anymore. My husband and son work, so mainly it is just me with her. She lives with us and I prefer it that way so I know that she is cared for but I do not know how to handle this new behavior. Any suggestions would be great. I do not want to put her in a home and I promised her I would not. Is this behavior a normal progression? I am open to suggestions. I have never seen this side of her before. She was a nurse and always loving and caring my whole life. Now it is like she is a completely different person.