I am 24 and in full time employment. My Dad is 60. He was diagnosed at 38.
2 years ago he and my mum divorced he now lives alone. He still works part time as he owns his own company. He has many friends.
Over the past 3 years his health has deteriorated rapidly. He struggles on and doesn’t accept much help but I know he has difficulty doing day to day tasks: Walking, making food, shopping, cleaning etc.
This is a difficult situation for me as I do not have anyone else to help me help him? I know he should probably have someone checking on him every day and helping him out but I have a full time job so this cannot be me. I also have to sometimes travel with work, and whilst he can contact his friends in an emergency I think there needs to be a more stable option.
-Should I contact a care agency about this, and if so where can I get information?
Secondly, understandably he is becoming quite depressed, my fear is he does not see value in life anymore and may take actions into his own hands, this feels like a huge responsibility and weight on my shoulders as I fear he needs me to keep him happy and I cannot commit 100% of my time to him.
-How do people deal with this kind of feeling and help them see that their is still happiness to be had! Or is their anyone you could advise me talking to about this feeling for advice.
Any support would be greatly appreciated.