My mother has Parkinson's disease and my father will only pay for an at-home caregiver for only 3 days out of the week. (Although they do have the funds to pay for additional caregiving.) Dad hoards the money and he is selfish, he insists that she doesn't need additional care -- she does! So for the other 4 days of the week, he "takes care" of my mother (meaning he puts food on the table when he cooks his own meals). I do give him credit for taking her to doctor appointments and refilling her prescriptions; however, the rest of the week she is pretty much left on her own to struggle with her walker in their (split-level!!) house. Mom has fallen several times and has fractured her ribs, she took another fall recently and I fear that she may have broken more ribs. My sister and I come help when we can (sis is actually the paid caregiver during those 3 days). Dad refuses to clear out a spare bedroom downstairs to accommodate her condition and to help keep her safe. He also refuses to sell their home (it's already paid off) to move into a one-story house which would be more suitable for Mom's Parkinson's. I really feel that Dad's behavior can qualify as elder abuse. He also can be verbally mean to her, saying demeaning and negative comments at times. My question is, if my sis and I report elder abuse, what will happen? Do they take Mom out of the home? (We live in California.) We don't want to traumatize Mom, as I know that the authorities will be investigating and probably interviewing her. My sis and I would like to take Mom out of that house, but we both live in small studio apartments and are married. We both want to help, but we feel stuck. Also, does anyone know anything about an ombudsman who can help advocate for her? Thank you for information and advice. This is an overwhelming and heartbreaking situation.