My mom is 75 and can no longer take care of her 103 yr old mother. My mom owns her own home and my grandmother was living with her. My grandmother fell was taking to the hospital and sent home with new onset of afib and on new medication. They refused to place her in short or long term care and delivered her to my moms home. the next day her breathing was bad and my mother was scared so we took her to another hospital in Boston . They admitted her, said she shouldn't have been discharged with new afib and new medications and needed to be placed in a rehab after being medically cleared. The social worker called my mom today to tell her they are discharging her mother on Wednesday because she can walk with a walker (that she refuses to use when she gets home) and can get in and out of bed by herself. My mom told them she can no longer care for her mother and she needs to be placed in a rehab. they threatened to charge her with abandonment. Can they do this and what can happen if she is charged.