I have my mother's POA and act as the 24/7 caregiver. I have two siblings who both work jobs and do not help with care except periodically for a few hours on a weekend here or there. I have a 21 year old daughter who is in school and unemployed and who lives in the same house. Can I hire her to watch Mom while I leave the house for a while?
I read another post where a person was told by Social Services that they could not leave their mother with dementia alone or it would be considered "Elder Neglect" and they could go to prison for 7 years! I do NOT want to be prosecuted or spend 7 years in prison, because I had to run to the store or my doctor.
My mother would not do well with an outside person coming into the house and would fight it with all her might, therefore if I could arrange my appointments around my daughter's schedule, then perhaps she could watch Mom and be paid for her time. I just don't know if there are any legalities to me hiring my daughter and I am afraid that one of my sisters will start asking for money to watch Mom on those infrequent weekends I get a few hours to myself. I do not receive ANY money as her caretaker, but I do not feel it is fair to my daughter to require her to give up her life and time without pay.
I need input on this subject, please!