My mother has two sisters who she had strained relations with her whole life. Due to this and a general lack of interest ( neither sister wanted kids) we had very very little interaction with either sister our whole lives. Fast forward 35 years, my mother has been dead a decade and both of her sister's are experiencing dementia and health issues. I have financial POAs for both and my sister and I share the health care POAs. One Aunt is appreciative and happy with anything you can do for her. We have caregivers coming in for short shifts everyday and her matters are straight forward though still time consuming ( she is recently widowed so I am cleaning up her husband's affairs and arranged for his end of life care). Her sister is the issue. She has dementia and is almost blind. She cannot keep her eye drops straight but refuses any help. I mean any help, no caregivers to the home, no assist from our excellent center for the sight impaired, no books on tape, nothing. She has already completely lost the vision in one eye after she just stopped taking her drops out of the blue after taking them for a decade. After her second surgery in 4 months I insisted she go to convalescent home to get her meds administered until they were simplified and to get some respite from care. After my sister and stayed with her for 2 days, she took a taxi home and now refuses to let me in the house. I can see every eye drop she has ever been prescribed lined up on her table. I spent another whole day trying to see what I could legally do to get her back into care and my only choice seems to be go to court and get guardianship. By the time that takes place she will have probably lost vision in the remaining eye due to non compliance but I feel like I did all I could. I was on the phone all day trying to make something happened.
But now I don't want guardianship. I don't want to have anything more to do with this aunt. She is abusive and I have no familial affection. I have tried to do the right thing by her just out of basic humanity but I find it is taking a huge toll on my life. I have recently moved to this area and between the two aunts, I have had no time or energy to make way for myself either socially or professionally. I want out and my only hesitation is that my sister is counting on my aunt's good will to stay in her will. As much as I would like an inheritance, I don't need it like my sister does who struggles financially. My sister is fed up as well and I don't want to just dump on her. I don't mind staying the financial power of attorney because that is in my wheelhouse and I have done that for 4 relatives so it is pretty easy for me. But this whole caregiving , health care role is hard for me. If it were a parent I would have some love and memories to help me through the dark days but as I see weeks and weeks of my life lost on this person I don't know why, I still have a living father who is having his own health issues and I anticipate it will only be a matter of time before he needs some help.
Has anyone had experience turning over matters to the state? What is the downside that I am not seeing? I have seen two elder attorneys who weren't very helpful about my options. Should I go to another attorney or just resign my health POA and let things fall where they may?