I am 81 years old, and am primary caregiver for my 62 year old daughter who is under hospice care in my home for the past eight months. She has end stage COPD and CHF. Her disease has rapidly progressed to where she is now totally bedridden, unable to walk or care for herself. She is on a Trilogy Machine for her breathing. In the past two months, she has developed dangerous behavior problems. She has a strong will, and can be very overpowering when she has these events of being not in her right mind. She accuses me of trying to kill her with medicines, refuses her medications, screams at the top of her lungs for help when I am not even near her, and I am honestly very afraid of her. I spoke with hospice and they tell me I cannot "quit" being her caregiver. They say I am her legal guardian just by being primary caregiver and I can be charged with the crime of abandonment if I refuse to keep her with me. She cannot be placed in a nursing home due to Medicare guidelines on her trilogy machine, cannot have respite care for the same reason. I am at my wits end and seriously afraid for my safety. These "events" are becoming a regular pattern of every two to three days..mainly at night time hours. I had no idea this is what I would be facing. What are my legal rights or obligations? I thought I was just helping out my daughter, but it has spiraled out of control and is very scarey. Any ideas or input?