How can a caregiver get help when the patient's family member is taking the patient's social security and not paying for their care?
Patient with Alzheimer's was brought to a small island in a foreign country by her son, where he rented a room for her for 2 weeks but left without paying and never returned. Mamayo has been caring for the woman ever since. She lost her source of income (renting the room) because now the patient lives there, she makes her meals, clothes her, buys the food and diapers at her own expense, bathes her every day, washes her bedding, trims her nails and does her hair. She has to bring patient with her if she wants to go to family events or visit friends.
Mamayo needs help as she has not received a penny for providing daily care of a perfect stranger for four years now. We believe the son has been collecting the patient's social security and we think the money should go to the caregiver. We love the patient, but as she is declining we can't keep this up indefinitely. We need help and don't know where to turn. There's no money to pay for a lawyer, Mamayo has very little income and a significant amount goes towards providing for the patient.
We would appreciate links to any resources that may provide help. The patient lived in New York, but adult protection services in NY will only help residents of NY which she was taken from NY four years ago so is no longer a resident. It's a very small island and there's no resources here that can help, there are no elder attorneys here. The local police have been notified, but no action taken. I think this needs to be investigated in the US but I can't find an organization that can provide any help.
TIA, God Bless