Hi everyone. I just joined the forum and apologize in advance if I'm doing things wrong with the posting. I'm not really a caregiver at this point, but my husband and I are trying to figure out what to do for his mother. She lives in the house she's been in for 60+ years and is adamantly opposed to living anywhere else. She has been getting by with some help from my husband and his brother, but we are concerned about her safety there. Also we live two hours away, and my husband has been six hours away much of the time lately because of having to go out of town for work. One of our concerns is that she has left pans of food on the stove and then gone to sleep. My husband is considering disconnecting or removing the stove, leaving her with the microwave for heating food. She has always been a rather stubborn and cantankerous individual and seems to be becoming more so with age. This is making it difficult for her sons to help her. Her latest crisis seems to have begun with dental problems. Her remaining teeth are in very bad shape and causing her pain. She has been refusing to see a dentist because "they put their hands in my mouth." None of us know how a dentist can work on her teeth without doing that, but that is her argument. Because of the dental problems she hasn't been eating much and because she doesn't eat she hasn't been taking her medicines. (Some of them need to be taken with food.) She has diabetes and heart problems. A few weeks ago she called my husband saying she needed him to take her to the doctor right away, but wouldn't say what was wrong. By the time he made the two hour drive, she had driven herself to her heart doctor wanting him to do something about her toothache. The heart doctor refused to treat her and told her to see a dentist. A week or so later she called my husband to say she had called an ambulance to take her to the emergency room, again refusing to tell him what was wrong. As he was in route, she called to tell him the hospital would not admit her, and that he needed to come get her because they were going to throw her out. He said he was on his way and would be there as soon as possible, but that wasn't good enough for her. He asked her to let him speak to someone at the hospital to explain that he was on the way, but she refused. By the time he got there she had left. He didn't know where she had gone or with whom, and the hospital couldn't tell him, either because they didn't know or because of privacy concerns, I'm not sure which. She was mad at him for not coming soon enough and was refusing to answer her cell phone. He called various relatives and finally learned that his cousin had picked her up and taken her to his aunt's house after she called the aunt telling her that she was at the hospital about to be thrown out and her son wouldn't come. The problem again was the toothache, and the er doctor told her to see a dentist. Not long after that, my husband got her admitted to the hospital after she called to say she was very weak and couldn't even get up. She had not been eating right or taking her medicine and her blood sugar was very high. She has improved somewhat and has gone from the hospital to rehab, where she is uncooperative, unhappy, and wants to go home. When my husband refused to do as she wished, she got mad and stopped taking his calls. She called her other DIL wanting to be taken from rehab to the ER to get her toothache treated. Rehab has a van to take patients to non-emergency medical appointments, and they have arranged to get her to an appointment with an oral surgeon. It remains to be seen whether she will cooperate. If she doesn't, I don't think she can be forced. In the meantime she is on antibiotics for the infections caused by the bad teeth, and on pain-killers. This will be the third attempt to get her to a dental appointment for this problem. Previously after a few days of antibiotics and pain-killers she has decided she is better and cancelled appointments. This was before trying to get the heart doctor and the ER to treat the problem. Ok, this is horribly long. I'm sorry and thank you to anyone with the patience to read it. I'm wondering if anyone has any advice. From what I've read, she can't be forced to do anything she won't agree to, and she won't listen to her sons, her doctors, or anyone else. It looks like we have to wait until things are bad enough that she can be declared mentally incompetent and have a guardian appointed or adult protective services steps in to save her from her own bad decisions. At this point, I really don't think she's mentally incompetent, just incredibly stubborn and ornery. I am, of course, very glad to be living in a time and place where the individual's right to self-determination is protected, but it looks like we can't help my MIL until things get a whole lot worse. Looks to me like we have to wait for her to crash and burn, and hope she survives long enough to get help. Any suggestions? Thanks.