I think my mother has finally gone ‘round the bend.
We had a care conference at the convalescent center where she has been in residence since her last ER episode in June. When asked what her goals were, Mom said she wanted to go home with her husband. I reminded her she divorced my father over twenty years and never remarried. She insisted she had a husband. When I asked whom, she said Jim.
Jim is her son, my brother.
I reminded her of this, but she was insistent that Jim was her husband.
She’s been confused before, but the difference is when I’ve corrected her facts in the past, she recognized that she was confused. She’s even philosophized on the nature of her own confusion, how real it seems when she knows it’s not real.
This was different. She no longer recognizes her own confusion.
I don’t know what I’m going to do, or even if there is anything I can do. Physically she needs a high level of care and observation. Adult foster care, or board and care, may be an option but I don’t want to confuse her further by putting her through another move.