Noooo you have certainly NOT failed her. Please please don't do this to yourself. This disease is awful, it robs a person of themselves and they become unsafe and need help in looking after themselves. Whilst in care they can regain some form of dignity. But most of all they are warm, fed, watered, clean and comfortable. They also maybe upset at the change in routine and circumstances but they do have others around them 24 hours a day.
Just echoing what others have said. If she is sectioned it is an indication of how very ill she is as they do not section unless they are absolutely sure it is necessary. My mum was under section 2, then extended to section 3 and we have just been told that she she is going to under section 3 for a further 6 months. It has been a tough lesson to step back and let the professionals deal with it, and I am only now accepting it with less guilt. Try to think of it in terms of a physical illness, if she had a broken leg and you didn't seek medical help it would be the opposite of caring, it would be cruelty.
If she is sectioned try to take time for yourself. She will have round the clock care. If she is moved onto a section 3 after a month, then she will be entitled to free care afterwards, either in a care home or in her own home. Do not underestimate what an enormous relief that can be.
Thank you for your words everyone.
I understand what you are saying and realise that you are right, I need to let the professionals take control of the situation and hope they find the right medication to stop her from being so frightened and distressed .
Thank you x
Dad was sectioned in May last year and apart from the initial shock it was probably the only time I could actually relax a bit and catch up with some sleep and jobs I had been putting off for a few years.
He was uber safe in a lovely facility with full on nurses and a Consultant Phsychiatrist always on hand. Along with other residents relatives we never wanted our loved ones to leave there.
I empathise with you as my Mum got sectioned under section 2 of the MHA at the end of November and has been in a CH since December. Although I had suffered terrible abuse for years it was a very painful experience for me to see her sectioned and to leave her in hospital to be assessed. Four months on she is in the CH and I go in to see her every other day, she is on medication and she is safe now. She asks to go home a lot but the most wonderful thing is that she is now very happy to see me, tells me she loves me and after all the hard times this has helped me love her again as I lost sight of everything in the dark days of the disease when it twisted everything. This disease is what puts us in the situation so please do not blame yourself in any way, we would never choose this path in life but we have to try to adapt and manage it the best way possible. I am sure you have done your utmost but in the end we cannot do everything and intervention is needed. All the best, keep us posted. x