Why doesn't she visit?
Itwasgoodwhileitlasted · 01/04/2021 09:50
My DDad died last September and in recent weeks my sister has decided to only visit DM once a week.
DM is very, very lonely and has a very bad memory. I didn't visit myself for two days and she had noticeably gone downhill.
I live 5 minutes drive away and visit 4 times a week at least. DSIS lives 15 minutes away and only visits once a week.
I couldn't sleep last night worrying about it.
DSIS phones most nights, but its not the same. We both work full time and I have children, she doesn't.
It just all feels overwhelming.
AIBU to raise this with her?
(She does cry/ feel attacked at the drop of a hat, so I am reluctant. Also while I am getting it all off my chest it riles me that DSis doesn't even make her a cup of tea when she visits. DM does it)
Also, in fairness I should add DSIS does cook for DM occasionally on the one day a week she sees her. Still the responsibility of everything is really heavy.
Hadjab · 01/04/2021 10:15
Once a week is a lot, when you live 15 minutes away?
BillyIsMyBunny · 01/04/2021 10:16
How often did your sister see your mum before your Dad died? Once a week seems a completely reasonable frequency to me, presumably your sister has her own life and once a week is already a significant commitment when you work full time. On top of that you say she phones every night!
You’ve obviously made a choice to visit every other day and if that works for you it’s great, but I really don’t think you can raise it with your sister that she’s not able to commit to that frequency of visiting. If you’re finding every other day too much then you need to find ways to reduce that without expecting your sister to do more; can you look at paid carers for example?
FrangipaniBlue · 01/04/2021 10:20
I think YABmassivelyU!
If your mum doesn't need care and it's visiting for company then once a week plus phone calls in between is not unreasonable nor uncaring!
Just because your sister doesn't have children doesn't mean she has nothing else going on in her life FGS!
therocinante · 01/04/2021 10:20
That's a pretty normal amount to visit, and she takes food, so I think you DSis isn't doing anything wrong. Not being able to sleep because your sister is 'only' visiting once a week is extreme - is there something else going on (other than, obviously, the sad fact of losing your dad)?
Does your mum need care and you're panicked that it's going to fall to you? If so, speak to your GP, the council, or your local care team about arranging that - do not take it all on yourself, because you will burn out and resent your sister, I've seen it myself. My mum took it upon herself to care for my grandma and ended up a year later having to have 6 months off work because she was exhausted and emotionally broken by it - and her and my uncle no longer speak, because he was of the opinion that we should get professional carers. And he was right: once we did, it was much, much easier and my grandma was better cared for by people who didn't resent the load of it and weren't emotional and upset when things weren't good.
If she doesn't need care, then who makes a cup of tea etc is irrelevant. I think it depends here if you're being (with love) a bit overprotective about your mum's needs, or whether she genuinely is unable to care for herself, in which case she needs daily visits by a carer anyway.
It's hard, I know. But do yourself a favour now and seek help where you can, if you need to: there are no prizes for martyring yourself and taking it all on because 'it should be us'. If your mum needs care, get that in place for her sake and your own.
BrumBoo · 01/04/2021 10:26
Sorry but I agree with others. If she doesn't need care, then one visit a week plus phoning is more than enough. Even if she does need care, it's simply not ok to expect a huge commitment from your sister as much as you do not have to place yourself in a carer position either. Some people are simply not up for such a humongous task, and it's of no benefit for either parent or child to be forced into that situation out of duty.
MeanMrMustardSeed · 01/04/2021 10:30
Why don’t you both take another approach? I don’t go to my mum’s that often by myself, but always invite her for Sunday lunch and a midweek meal as I’m cooking and sitting down anyway so she just joins in with that. She has a drink before and a coffee afterwards so is with us for 3 hours twice a week. Then any visits I make are a bonus.
GreenFingersWouldBeHandy · 01/04/2021 10:32
I couldn't sleep last night worrying about it.
What is it exactly that you are worrying about?
It sounds as if both you are your sister are supporting your Mum. But you sounds very resentful that you are doing 'more'.
But how often you visit is entirely up to you; it's not your sister's fault that she lives further away or has no children.
Does your Mum have any friends/neighbours who could pop in for a cuppa once a week or something? Or could you organise some paid help?
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