Hello, thank you in advance for reading!
My sister has been diagnosed with schizoaffective bipolar disorder at the age of 13 and it has been over 20 years. I was 11. She has been to the hospital hundreds of times since, only to be discharged in a manic state. She has a manic episode every 3-6 months. My mom was her conservator for a few years when she was 18 and for the last 5 years, my mom and I have been her co-conservators. This has been a help for when she is full-blown manic and needs hospital treatment but the responsibilities have become disruptive in my life. I can only work part-time and have helped my mom with my sister for the last 20 years, trying to find my sister during an episode all over the state even to other states to take her to the hospital. I’m almost at my wit’s end. I wouldn’t be so angry if her disorder was not substance induced but she keeps relapsing on drugs and alcohol which makes our will to help her diminish. The stable version of my sister is the reason I hold on, she is brilliant and can be a good person.
My mom is now a senior citizen and has given up on the conservatorship leaving me as the sole conservator. My worry is if I hand the conservatorship over to a public conservator, with her many years of experience and ability to act stable, my sister will fight to get off of the conservatorship. If she has no conservator, she will deny hospital treatment when she is full-blown manic and could end up in the streets with her life at risk. Any advice or suggestions on what I should do would be highly appreciated!