Is it elder abuse if my mother-in-law refuses to take her medication?
My 93 year old MIL has high blood pressure and breast cancer. We have just gotten her to go to the Dr and her blood pressure is like 170/110 and the cancer tumor is the size of a lemon. The Dr's given her medication for both issues but she either doesn't remember to take them or doesn't want to take them. We have tried to determine if she understands what it means if she doesn't take the meds and she just getts angry. Both my husband and I are at a loss of what to do. She lives alone in a condo, she has finial stopped driving, she can't shop for herself, as she can't make it around the store. She has trouble paying her bills and now she is working on send out her Holiday cards and she can't remember who she has sent cards to. We know that the short term memory is gone. In Sept, we finial talked her in to having a home health care aid come in and do light house keeping once a week. But it seems like each week we have to reconvince my MIL that she needs someone to come in. My husband does have POA but what else can we do about the medical issues?