This had been going on for years ($75,000 in one year!). I have been acting under a POA for the last 6 months and moved Mom from VA to SC near me following a Medical Crisis. I manage her medical needs, pills, pay her bills, do her laundry, give her baths, keep her supplied with all she needs and have her living in a nice place with plenty of opportunity for socialization and gourmet meals. She is as independant as she is able and there is a system in place to handle eventual increased caregiving. All this on her monthly income without touching her nest egg. Her care has been exhausting and I really dont want to go through all the $, time and energy, much less the high drama, that is involved in getting a guardianship. Mom is 85 and with proper medical management could live another 10 or more years! If she were to go into a nursing home her nest egg would last 5 years at most. But my bi-polar sister who rarely works has appealed yet again to my mom, this time for $15,000. Every time she augments my sister's income a similar amount goes out to my brother shortly after. My mom has never had a grip on her finances and has been diagnosed with dementia. She loves to be the "rescuer". She has demanded that I bring her checkbook. If I don't I'm sure my sis will help her arrange for a wire transfer. Is there any other way to protect her from herself?