For years before my dad passed, my brother had been routinely asking for financial "help" from my parents. They would give him quite a bit, but my dad seemed to have his limits and would usually stop it before things went too far. Both of my parents were very vocal about all the handouts and although everyone in the family knew, we stayed out of it, understanding it was their money to do with what they wish. We all knew it was my dad who set the boundaries... Mom was the softie whenever my brother came in with his latest sob story. For the 15-20 years before my dad died, I was the "go to son". When the gutters needed cleaning... they called me. When Mom needed to go to the store (she didn't drive)... they called me. When one of them wasn't feeling well... they called me. When my mother suffered a heart attack and needed emergency bypass surgery... the doctor called me. When Dad passed a few years ago... my mom called me. My brother was always busy. I didn't mind. I never judged him about that. I just had that kind of relationship with my parents. My brother didn't, plus he lived a little further away than I did. It's just the situation that's developed since my dad died that concerns me. My brother insisted that Mom come and live with him and his wife. My wife and I offered the same to Mom, but left it up to her. She decided she should go with my brother because "he's the oldest". I live over 3 hours away from my brother and offer to go up and see her almost every weekend... for almost 3 years. I've only been allowed to see her once, while she's living with them. A couple of times, she's been admitted to the hospital or medical rehab center, so my wife and I have gone up to see her 2-3 times a week while she's there, and she seems to love it. My brother's wife is overtly hostile to me and everyone else in our family. My mom spends her time exclusively with this woman who isn't shy about spewing hate about me, my kids, my cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. Basically, my mom's been cut off from her entire social network and all the family she's known (except my brother) for 95 years. When I call to talk to her, they make her use a speakerphone, so we have no privacy. As a result, I'm the only one who calls her anymore. She doesn't reach out to anyone and she seems very depressed... except when she's been at the rehab. Then, she seems more like her old self. The last time she was hospitalized, I asked how she was doing financially. She said she thinks things are okay, but my brother's wife handles everything. When I asked how much money she spends toward my brother's household expenses, she didn't know. She did, however, make a point to tell me that she "helps" them, because they need a lot of help. It scared me a lot. I asked my brother and he flatly denies any "help" of any kind. Then, he attacked me about not doing anything to help him care for her. When I asked what he wanted me to do, as I am over 3 hours away, he didn't have an answer. I offered again to give them a break and bring her to my home for a while, and he grew even more angry. Now he won't even speak to me. I wasn't being confrontational, but I would like to understand what the financial arrangement is for this living situation. I know that Mom's care is a giant undertaking, and they certainly need to be compensated, but why all the secrecy? Does anyone know of anything I can do to advocate for my mom? I know my dad would be disgusted by all of this. I just want to make sure my mom has enough money reserved in case she ever needs expensive full time medical care.... or if I should start setting money aside. My brother and his wife are notorious for living beyond their means and spend everything they have the minute they get it. A little advice would be most welcome.