My biological father is a gruff man, so his long-suffering wife has held the fort together for their marriage, best as I can tell. I don't know them very well, since he took off when I was 4 and I never heard from him again. I've seen them maybe a dozen times in my life since I was 30.
He often yells at her, bosses her around, etc. She apparently never stood up for herself. She's now 80 and in poor health. When I saw their dire situation on my first visit in 3 years, I stepped in. Now we've bought them a condo and I'm moving them to my state. I've taken over their bill payments (with their remaining money) because she's so easily confused and overwhelmed, etc. But since I'm now POA/MPOA and "in charge", she has fallen apart. Is that typical?
She called me frantic, quite early yesterday. Left three mesages in succession. When I saw them and called back within 45 minutes, she had forgotten why she called. OK...then she remembered. The dentist's bill was $31, so she had sent them a check for $22. (???) Now they had sent her a new invoice for the whole $31. She said, "They cashed my check, I have a copy of it, but they credited me wrong." I said, "Why don't you just mail them the copy? Then they'll adjust the bill and you can pay off the balance before you move here?"
Her response: "Well, I was thinking about just not giving them any more money. They won't be able to catch me once we move."
I was a little startled by this attitude. I suggested she at least mail the check copy. She said, "Oh, I don't need to mail it. Their office is only a block away and we can just drop it off when we pass by next time."
This confounds me on so many, many levels. I am not sure how to deal with this kind of thing. I was suprised when I met them to find out they lie, cheat and steal every chance they get. I doubt I will be excluded from their way of life. They may be taking advantage of me already! I am increasingly worried about having them under my wing. She seems to be completely losing it since I got involved, too. Now what do I do? How am I supposed to clean up the lives of two strangers?