Caregiver to a 85 year old.
We took in my father in law who at 85 is starting to go down hill. I mean health wise he is doing great however he does not sleep. At all !! At night he screams and yells ALL NIGHT. Me and my wife get zero sleep as we are always tending to his needs. Most of them are made up.
For example raise the bed,lower the bed even though he is holding the control. move the bars,which we can't due to him falling out of bed.
Rub his knees with Ben gay. Move his pillow and so on. I have seen him go 48-72 hours with no sleep.
During this time he yells and curses us for helping him and that the people where he used to live are awake and he should be there.
Most days he mumbles and rocks on the couch taking small 10 - 15 minute cat naps. We are at our wits end and are starting to look for a nursing home to put him back into.
I know that we tried to do our best. he also does not care and "expects" us to be at his beck and calling 24 hours a day 7 days a week. He also suffers from extreme sun downers and all his ailments appear at around 4-5 in the afternoon.
This is becoming an impossible venture and we are really close to losing it.