Can an elderly person be forced into an assisted living facility?
My mother is 81 and has Alzheimers and Macular Degeneration. She is completely blind in one eye and can barely see out of the other. She lives alone with her little dog. Her doctor has told her she needs to be in an assisted living facility but she absolutely refuses. She thinks she just a 'little forgetful'. My sister and I have been caring for her for the past 3 years by driving her wherever she needs to go, paying her bills, taking care if her meds, etc. She's been evaluated by her long term care insurance company and they say she needs care 24/7. Her insurance is not enough to have someone live in. Mom refuses to leave her house. She is in complete denial and doesn't care what the doctor says. We've tried to warn her that if something happens and she falls and breaks something, she will end up in a convalescent home and I know she doesnt want that. She won't budge. We took her to tour an assisted living facility and she refused to like anything about it. Even after looking at it, she compared it to a nursing home. And it clearly was not a nursing home. She doesnt care if my sister and I worry about her. She wants to stay in that house, all alone, watching tv.
Now that I've vented, my question was this: Can she be forced to move into an assisted living facility?