A couple of months ago my mother in law was in the hospital she had severe UTI and wasn’t having a bowel movement for almost 2 weeks she lived in an independent living center with her boyfriend but they were living bad! Never bathing or eating right and the apartment was covered with roaches. My husband and I got power of attorney over her while she was lucid in the hospital (she has dementia) her insurance covered 20 days in a nursing home then after that they wanted every penny that was in her bank account! So I decided to take on caring for her. I am 25 years old and have two kids my husband is working out of town most of the time so I am the main one caring for her. My children are 5 and 1 my 5 year old goes to school but my one year old stays with me at home as well as my mother in law. I bring her to the doctor visits I feed her and bathe her and all of the above which I don’t mind doing. Yesterday I recieved a visit from elderly protective services because of the money taken out of her account, I don’t work because I care for her but I do use her social security for bills groceries etc . Everything I do is to benefit our whole family, my mother in law wants for nothing! I am her POA and her living under my roof does costs money . So obviously her bank has been monitoring her account but I don’t feel like I did anything wrong? My mother in law isn’t able to do really anything on her own so I literally do absolutely everything for her, I looked up the Louisiana Medicaid wavier plan so I can start getting paid to care for her but the waiting list goes 10 years back! So in saying that, I feel like her social security is my paycheck I have used it to pay my 5 year olds tuition before or my phone bill etc. Am I missing something? Like is every time I take money out or write a check am I going to get in trouble for paying my bills? I’m not abusing my mother in laws money I don’t go on shopping sprees or go on vacations for myself. This is a 24/7 job there are no breaks I’m on the clock 24 hours a day. I don’t know what to do because obviously I don’t want the elderly protective services coming back to my home. My mother in laws dementia has worsened so she can’t sign any paperwork stating she pays me to care for her all I have with her signature is the POA and it’s she wide POA everything is hers and ours. I need some guidance please! I don’t want any trouble and now when she gets paid again I don’t want to be fearful of paying what needs to be paid in order for us all to live.