My mother is now 95 years old, and is still very sharp mentally. However, in the last few months, I see that she is rapidly declining physically. She lives on her own, very close to my home, so I am easily able to be with her every day. Sadly, she has never been able to quit smoking. She purchases her cigarettes online, and has them delivered to her house. Her lungs must be in terrible condition now, because I can easily hear her breathing, even when I am in the next room!! I've tried everything to help her to quit, but she is adamant that she cannot do so. We've tried counseling, hypnosis, Chantix, Nicorette, etc., etc., etc......all to no avail. Now, I need to have someone come in to help me with her care, and although she uses her walker at all times, I want to do so before something happens and she falls and becomes completely disabled. I have always assured her that we will have home care, and that she won't have to go into a nursing home, which she absolutely refuses to do. We are fortunately in a position to afford home care. Has anyone had the experience of trying to determine what to do in the interim between obtaining home care and something catastrophic happening to their loved one? I realize that my question is somewhat ambiguous, but I'm desperate to make sure that she's safe! I can't live with her 24/7, and she can't live with us due to her smoking. Please advise on what you or others have done in such a situation.