This morning a hospital social worker named "Tara" called my sister and said mom is at baseline and she is ready to be discharged, come pick her up.
My sister said "No. I cannot pick her up. She would be left in her home alone and it is not safe."
Tara said if you don't pick her up it will be abandonment.
I called and talked to hospital social worker named "Amy".
She said mom has been cleared for discharge. "She can make her own decisions, and we cannot hold her or place her in a nursing home against her will."
So I said "She is an unsafe discharge and I cannot come pick her up. Are you going to send her home in an Uber?"
She said "We use Lyft, and yes that is a possibility."
So I said "She is an unsafe discharge and she will be at home alone and she will walk out into the road."
Amy kept talking about how there are 24/7 companies that will come to her home and charge $240 a day.
So I said (for the hundredth time to these people) "I tried the companies. They could not promise 24/7 care and my mother cannot afford it. She would run out of money in a few months. She does not have a power of attorney. She needs an outsider to be her power of attorney."
The social worker said "Have you tried applying to the courts for guardianship?"
I said "NO. AND I AM NOT GOING TO." A lawyer already advised us against that.
I don't know what else to do. If I pick her up, it makes her a "safe discharge".
I need to catch my breath.