How much cash does mom need in Assisted Living? Management would like her not to have large amounts of cash. Mom feels she has so little left to control in life, she likes having cash there. She misplaces it frequently and I am resolved not to worry if it is ever lost. It won't be the end of the world for her. However I don't want suspicion to fall on innocent staff or to pose temptation to them either. I figure mom needs $50, and maybe the same in the office petty cash fund. She has about $1000 and wants more each month. We can stop what we give her, but to take from her what she has seems harsh. She carries it in her purse, or in an odd assortment of containers. What about a room safe? What is the best way to handle this so she doesn't feel she's losing yet another freedom? Or are we being to lenient?