Her finances are a mess, she is deeply in debt, has no assets at all, and she has spent all the money from the life insurance policies we cashed in for her.
We moved her into a private-pay assisted living facility almost a year ago, which she hates, and have told her all along that she would move once she could qualify for Medicaid. In the meantime, we got her on VA and paid a lawyer to get her Medicaid application together, and got her on waiting lists for the best Medicaid and PACE facilities we could find in the area. We have made it clear that it was going to take awhile and we expected to move her in maybe the fall to a different facility. Well, fall came and she finally made it to the top of the waiting lists according to plan. But then she dug in her heels, and now refuses to go on Medicaid, and will not even consider moving until the spring.
She has refused placement three times already, twice to the nicest place on the list. She visited all these places, but cannot remember what they are like now and refuses to visit again. She thinks they are all a scam. She has chronic health issues and says she is "emotionally and physically unable to move." She doesn't believe me when I tell her that she is financially unable to stay much longer.
Her rent is due to increase at the end of January, and if it does, she will have trouble paying for basic expenses. We have gotten nowhere trying to show her how much better off she will be to make the switch, and she declares she can afford her copays (but not the mountain of hospital bills she has accrued). Now her creditors are calling me. We were told to not file bankruptcy if she is going on Medicaid soon. She has alienated all her children and we are her last hope.
To top it off, I live 600 miles away from her, my husband lives in another state 350 miles away (nearly 1,000 miles from me), and he will start cancer treatment soon. We are almost at retirement ourselves and have exhausted our savings trying to help her. I'm at the end of my rope.
We see no option but to let her crash and burn financially, but we signed to be responsible for her rent, and our name is on her bank accounts so we have to cover her overdrafts. Basically we really don't have much leverage, and it could take a long time to force her to do anything. And it could be really nasty. She already treats me like crap, despite doing most of the actual work to help her.