My mom has lived with my family and I since 2009, since my dad passed away Nov. 2008 She had a brain anerisum in 2001 and as a result has short term memory loss. We are in the process of having her assessment done and hopefully find placement for her in a more suitable situation. She recently fell and broke her arm and as a result I have had to be more hands on. On a recent trip to the hospital, complications from the fall, I noticed she stashed envelopes of cash in her open sweater pockets! Who knows how many times she has done this and perhaps lost money. She hides this money in her room and takes it when she goes somewhere, I guess. So far though, she doesn't seem to remember that she had it at one point. ( I took it home for safe keeping, as she stayed a couple days in hospital). My question is, do I continue to keep it for safe keeping, or return it to her, explain the situation? She can't be stashing cash if she lives in a care facility! I don't have power of attorney yet (something else we are working on) I have also noticed other things with having to help her more closely, like she hoards plastic bags under her desk or hides granola bar wrappers in her pants pockets. The pants she put away, after changing for the night, the wrappers are found the next day. Any suggestions about the cash situation?