My mother abused me and I am the only child. She will give no POA's and is very nasty.

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I have no idea what to do...i have a stress condition and depression myself from the abuse, abandonment and neglect from childhood. Now she is 86 and losing cognition. I am trying to be helpful, but she lies, manipulates, threatens, and verbally abuses both me and my husband. She will not even give me keys to her home much less any poa. She is being fleeced by all her "new friends" PLEASE help me. I cannot take it.

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Katiekate, this post is from 2013.
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What State are you in?

In some states...they can make you financially responsible for your Mom....PA is a good example. In some States you can actually be held criminally for negligent of a parent MA comes to mind.

I would call adult protective services and have her evaluated. Going to court to get her declared incompetent is expensive and slow. If the State will step in and move her to a locked assisted living it would solve all the problems for both of you.

I think you should do exactly as your Mother wishes. But, call the department of human services and get a social worker out there.
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Goingnuts2,
Don't give in, you'll be miserable. Thank God my mom (in Stage 6 Alzheimer's-angry, combative, vindictive) wouldn't WANT to live with me. I couldn't take the verbal abuse. She's pulling the "I should just die" card too (wanting me to say, "Oh no, please don't say that." My reply is,"He'll take you when He's ready and not a second sooner."
You can't worry about what other people think either. They have no idea of the grief in our childhoods.
Make sure they are in a safe place and have what they need and it CAN end there. Make sure you take care of yourself.
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you have no legal or moral obligation to care for her. Walk away. Notify your local Area Aging that she needs help. W A L K A W A Y
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OMG I am so happy to be reading this.....My mom, 86, married again for like 5th time, and he is now in a nursing home. They just sold their house and she is crying and trying to make me feel guilty into taking her in to live with me. My husband can't understand how I can turn my back on her. She is driving me nuts with her pity party. She never gave two shits about me, only favored my brothers and now all of a sudden she loves me! I just can't take it. She emails me these pathetic emails like 30 times a day, says she wishes the good Lord would just come and get her. Yeah I kind of feel like that he would too. I teeter between feeling guilt and then I remember the abuse and abandonment I lived thru as a child, an adult with small kids, etc.....
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Peter, I think that you will get more responses if you start a new post, rather than tagging on to this one. Also, can you explain your situation a little more fully? What is your relationship to your mother? Have you been taking care of her? Are you her POA? Has she asked you to bring her clothes?
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why wont my mothers social worker give me the keys to my mothers house, I am her only child, my mother has been sectioned under section 2 of the mental health act, all I want them for is to get her some clothes to bring to the hospital, also clean her house. can anyone help me please. Peter.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH! Omg, i think you guys just saved my sanity and made me smile. i have had no idea what services she can avail herself of, You guys know who to call. i dont, but i'm SO glad that i don't have to be responsible.
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Amen to what Jeanne and MyWitsEnd wrote. You do not have to be a caregiver in the US. You are not responsible for your parents' debts. There are certain filial responsibility states in the US where nursing homes can seek payment from the children. From what I've heard, these payments are rarely enforced. You may want to check to see if you live in a filial responsibility state. If you don't, then don't worry. And even if you do, don't worry. From what I've heard, pressure on the children to pay is rarely done and usually not enforced.

Sometimes I wish that adult children of families from hell could divorce their parents. I remember one case where a child did divorce his parents. Under many circumstance I understand completely.
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Jeanne is so right. Do NOT do anything you are not comfortable with. You are not legally obligated to do anything. As her only heir, if she doesn't have a will, you may get stuck with what little she has. My father went through this exactly with his own deadbeat father. Use what assets she has to bury her and pay what debts you can. Let the rest go. It will not affect your credit. For example, if she has a car loan, unless you co-signed on the loan, you have no obligations. Let the lender know where to pick the car up. If people are fleecing her now, I wouldn't lose alot of sleep over it. Report it to Adult Protective Services if that makes you feel better, but make sure you are taking on no responsibility. You survived an abusive childhood. You must be a very strong person. Do not put yourself back in what will undoubtedly be an abusive situation.
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