What do I do about my mother-in-law not properly taking care of herself and putting herself in danger?

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She's also living in a unfit enviorment. I live with my husband and daughter next door to my mother in law. She is on disability for a back surgery a while ago. but she live with no running water and no electricity in a house that is falling apart. she a lot of the time goese with out food or any thing to drink without telling any one. she has need to go back to a doctor and refuses. im sure she has some mental and physical disabilitys and my have a drug problem. I know she needs help but its always up in the air if she is ok with me or her own son. day to day its different. she will leave and camp out in the bushes for several days to weeks at a time. its getting winter time and im afraid for her life. we live there so I worry about a elder neglect or abuse because I know about whats going on but I don't know where to start to get help for her. im know she wont be willing to get the help she needs but my husband and I are willing to do what we need and can to get her the help she needs. just not sure where to start.

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I think there are housing codes about a home dwelling not having power or water. Who is the landlord or homeowner? They may have to have things turned on, but if she not mentally competent to handle these issues, she may need help. I would encourage my husband to make the move, since it is his mother. She certainly sounds like she needs help.
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She leaves her home and camps out in the bushes?????? I have to say that is the first time I have ever heard that before either here or in my career as a healthcare worker. That can't be safe!

Babalou had a good suggestion about calling Adult Protective Services. They can address everything from the lack of running water and electricity to your MIL's health. Once APS is involved though you can't unring that bell but it sounds like the only option at this point. Sometimes families choose to wait for an emergency to make changes but it sounds like your MIL needs help immediately.
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I would call Adult Protective Services and ask for her to be evaluated, as she is a vulnerable adult, refusing care.
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