Sorry I wasn't sure which category to put this in...
My grandfather has been living with us for about 6 months now. He has parkinsons, bipolar disorder, and early onset dementia. He moved down here to Georgia all the way from Nebraska to be with us; but now he wants to go back..
There is a woman he knows in Nebraska who has been calling him ever since he got here and putting ideas in his head, getting him worked up for months now...my mom believes she is just using him for his money, which he doesn't have much of, but he would give this woman the clothes off his back if he could. That's the kind of hold she has on him.
For the past 3 months or so, the story has been that she needs back surgery, and he has to go up there to take care of her. The problem is, he isn't well enough to even take care of himself. His tremors make it hard to do things like fix food for example; a couple hours of activity will leave him sleeping for the rest of the day, and he's incontinent...if it weren't for us taking care of him, he'd barely eat, he'd constantly forget his medications, and he would probably forget to buy adult diapers. When my mom drove up to Nebraska to get him that was the shape he was in; that's to say, very bad. Everything about his condition has improved since he came to live with us.
He insists he's not really sick now, that he has "the mildest case of parkinsons that the doctor has ever seen". He refuses to believe that he needs help taking care of himself, and he's decided he needs to go back to Nebraska to take care of this woman, a trip that he would have to take alone because we don't have the money or time to go with him. Between getting through the airport, the flight, and the several hour-long bus ride back to that little town...my mom and I both know it's not something he can do on his own, yet we don't have guardianship over him, and have no legal rights to stop him. The only thing keeping him from leaving has been us keeping too much money from being in the bank account he has access to so he can't buy a plane ticket--the rest is being kept safely in another account.
Now though, despite strong advice from his neurologist that he should definitely not do this, he's decided he doesn't care. Earlier he threatened suicide, and my mother is at the point where she just wants to let him go, because this has been going on for so long that we're both just tired of it...but I can't accept that, I'm very worried that he would threaten suicide in the first place. We're worried he's going to threaten homicide at some point, which wouldn't be surprising since he has an ideation with violence...he collects knives you know, which is something that really concerns me now that his cognition is getting worse, he's been having delusions, and hallucinations which he reacts to by threatening violence against them. For example, he'll say to the creatures he hallucinates that if they don't leave he'll kill them, and will get a knife out...of course he loves his knives, I'm not sure how we'd take them away without him having a total breakdown.
In short, we really don't know what to do. We have no legal right to keep him here, but he's actually in worse shape than we originally thought...add to that this woman who is trying to take advantage of him, and now his threats of suicide and violence...
Is there anything we can do?? We can't afford to go through the legal process of getting guardianship right now, but there has to be something else that can be done, right?