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I have a family member who has been sharing caregiving responsibilities for her mother in the very advanced stages of Parkinson's such that she is now not able to swallow very well, is completely bedridden, and can do absolutely nothing for herself. Her siblings, who have power of attorney and custodianship, refuse to acknowledge that the care their mother is receiving at home is inadequate. Their mother is suffering severely from bed sores and infections. I am told the monitoring nurse can take this authority away from them and make the decision to have her admitted to a nursing home. She lives in Jamestown, TN, and the last nurse that came by did so nearly two years ago. Is there any way I can bring this to the attention of the proper parties for a current evaluation?

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I believe they are doing the best they can in accord with their abilities. They are simply unable at this point to do anything more. The State provides a caregiving during the day throughout the week. She has had several such providers, some have been far better than others. This lady's apartment is not handicap equipped and is very small, which I believe is also a problem. I am convinced at this point that this lady would be far better in a nursing home with better facilities and trained faculty designed to deal with her situation. I know her children love her, but I believe they are having difficulty facing facts. However, I appreciate the counsel. I'll feel it out. I do not feel her children are deserving of criminal charges any more than the State provided caregiver throughout the week, but something does need to be done. Thanks.
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This is a case that I would get the Adult Protective Services involved. If it is as bad as you say, it sounds like elder neglect, which is a criminal offence. You can call them and make a report. You'll probably find them listed under your local HRS Dept. I hope they get someone out there quickly.
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