An elderly relative has dementia and no POA. I had tried to convince them to move into assisted living but they refused. They have been living alone in their apartment until very recently when they were found wandering in the street, lost. This is the 2nd time this has happened. This time the person who noticed called 911 and they were taken to the hospital and kept under observation for a few days, deemed not able to make their own decisions and discharged to a nearby nursing home. The nursing home says they cannot keep the person as they have no other medical issues - they can walk, so they don't belong there. The assisted living facility I had previously recommended for them will now not take them as they cannot provide the level of care for someone who now has a history of wandering. Over the last several days I have spoken to an attorney, social workers, admissions directors for a couple of care facilities, and am hitting a wall. My understanding is since the relative is now deemed unable to make decisions, they are not able to assign POA to someone else. They have some money, not a lot, but do not qualify for Medicaid. Medicare will not pay for them to remain in a nursing home with no medical reason for the stay. Memory care facilities don't want to take her since I am not able to pay for their care, and cannot write checks on my relative's account to cover the costs. I understand one option is to seek guardianship but this is a very lengthy and expensive process, I simply don't have the money to pursue this. I thought that the state or county would then step in and appoint someone to manage their finances, but am not able to find out who I can speak to about this. I did get a call from adult protective services, who got my phone number from the hospital. I was at work when they called and have tried to get in touch with that person several times but they have not called back. The nursing home where they are staying presently is pressing me to find a suitable place for them, but as I've explained I can't seem to figure out how to do this. I am certain they can't be the only person in the state of Illinois in this situation. Does anyone have any experience with a similar situation, or any advice? Thank you!