Dad who lives in our home keeps taking off in his car. He's 91 and on Alzheimer's medications. Can we be held legally accountable?

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I have heard caregivers, if the person who lives with you has dementia or alzhemers and is on medications can be held legally accountable for the patients /parents actions?

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Now that you have publicly stated that your dad is on Alzheimer's meds and you have been unsuccessful in keeping him from driving, whatever happens as a result will definitely become your liability. You should be so concerned for your dad, the public at large and your own eventual culpability that you will do whatever it takes to keep him off the road. Contact law enforcement before they will need to contact you. Find the hidden keys, remove the car from the premises - before it's too late. Then with no car, you'll have to deal him simply walking off. Get the help you need in dealing with an Alzheimer's patient. It sounds like you are in over your head.
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Agree with disabling the car and do it in more than one way! Do it the minute you read this, people's lives are in danger! Tell him you will call the police if he gets abusive and off to the hospital he goes. The police will thank you for the courage to take him off the road.
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Why does he have a car? Sell it or give it away.
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this is Katrina again... one thing I want to make clear is my Dad sneaks off and has an extra set of keys hidden somewhere that we have been unable to find.. he has driven off with me still hanging on to the drivers side door to try and convince him not to drive... I am not in agreement with him driving.. and have done verything short of tying him up..but he comes belligerent and does not listen at all.. will disable the car next..have tried everything else.. have tried getting his doctor involved and showing him articles, literature , etc.. he acts reasonable.. yet when the obsession hits him..it is like he cannot control it.. this is an itelligent man.. who always played by rules and regulations.. thanks for all your help.. only alternative is to disable the car.. we have reported as an unsafe driver but he does not care...next will be he will have to go to an alzheimers care facillity as much as i do not want to do that.. but we will disable the car from now on ..
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Katrina, About a month ago just down the street from us, an elderly person lost control of her car, drove up into someone's yard and killed a little girl that was playing in the front yard. It didn't matter to those parents what medication that old lady was on or who was legally responsible. All that mattered for the weeks to come, was that they're little girl had been playing in her own front yard one minute, and the next she's dead. Take the keys, take the wheels off the car, take the battery out, it doesn't matter. Just don't let someone you KNOW who shouldn't be driving, get behind the wheel. Period.
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At his age, with Alzheimer's and on meds, you need to take the keys away. He might not like it, but he'll get over it, and no innocent drivers will be killed in an accident he might cause. We basically took my Dad's keys away about three years ago, right after he got a new car, because his driving had become very erratic. Surprisingly he didn't object. Maybe your dad won't either. You just never know. Another way to keep him from driving would be to disable his car in some way. Remove some part (I'm not an expert and wouldn't know which part to disable, but a mechanic would!), siphon out the gas, etc. Driving in his condition is a danger. Do this for him and yourself. And of course be sure he can't lay his hands on anyone else's keys. Unfortunately there are a great number of people on the highways who are still driving in this capacity. You might also speak with his doctor and see if the doctor will deny him driving privileges. It might be easier to take the keys away if your Dad hears it from the doctor. Also, if the doctor won't do this, it's OK to fib to your Dad and tell him the doctor says he can't drive.
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I'm sure there are others on this site who can address the legal aspects of this question better than I, but my first knee-jerk response...for both your dad's safety and the safety of others....take away the keys!!! Or at least find a way to conveniently "lose" them.
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