My dad and stepmom both have dementia and Alzheimer's. For years my family was trying to encourage them to save money and get their POAs all together. Long of the short, without telling anyone, they had their legal docs drawn up and initially made each of them each other's POA. Then the back up was her stepbrother (who no one really knows). As their health declined, we reached out to the stepbrother and he recused. Now I am next in line. Because they have clearly blown just about all of their money and have nothing as far as assets (they have a mortgage), I don't know what to do.
I received a call from Adult Protective Services stating that now that both have been deemed incapable, I have to step in ASAP and make things happen. I let her know they cannot afford a care home, will run out of money very soon (currently they are also paying for home health care), etc. She stated that me and my family will have to step up but my understanding is that in Texas, we have no financial obligation. Our family has discussed it and because I live a few hours from my parents, and because I/we cannot pay for them to be in a home and manage what happens to everything else, we agree that if possible I should recuse myself. I do not want to be their POA. If I recuse and there is no one else listed, can the state step in and take care of them? (TEXAS)