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meaning they will have to place her or him in a nursing home and the family will be off the hook. Someone told me that the family would be charged with abandonment. Is any of this true?

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You can't just drop off an elderly parent at the ER and drive away. But what freqflyer said is true. If your parent needs to go to the ER and is admitted you can refuse to pick them up when it's time for them to be discharged because you just can't care for them anymore. At this point a social worker will get involved.
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In some cities, you can hand over a newborn baby to any police officer or fire department if you can't keep them. I wish they would do that for old people.
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heydeb, I was under the impression that the parent has to have an ER emergency before being taken to the ER.... the parent is admitted to the hospital, then when it comes time for the parent to come home you can say you are unable to care for that person any more.
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It might help to know what state you are in. Does the loved one live alone?
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This is a complicated question. I guess the answer is...it depends. May I take it that you are a burned out caregiver? Who are you caring for who has depression, and is the depression being treated with meds and talk therapy?
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