There is no type of documentation in place to allow my sister or I to make any decisions regarding her welfare. She has had someone living with her to help her ( I live 20 hours away) but we recently found out that the caregiver has been leaving her for unspecified amounts of time without letting anyone know. My mother ended up in the hospital while the "caregiver" was trying to cash checks at the bank on her account. A neighbor called and said she was also loading up a truck with my moms things. The hospital contacted my sister and advised her of the situation and said they would release her to her care. My mom only wants to go to her own home and refuses to consider any other options. The caregiver keeps contacting her and telling her she can come home and she'll take care of her. We have taken my moms cell phone, changed the locks on the house, and have been in contact with adult protective services since last June. I went to moms in June for 3 weeks and tried to make alternative living arrangements, but each time I arranged something, she refused to go. The agent says she's trying to coordinate with moms doctor to get her declared incompetent to care for herself, but she has not contacted me since I left. My sister nor I are able to have our mom live with us long term and her home is in horrible repair. We don't know where to begin to address these issues to get her the care she needs.