My husband and I care for an 88 year old woman who has no immediate family. We have health and financial POA and have had for years. She is in an unsafe environment and needs help. She has severe health problems and recently has had severe short-term memory loss. She is also a hoarder and lives in an unsanitary home with many animals. We try our best to help keep her and her home clean but are fighting a losing battle. She is extremely independent and WILL NOT discuss assisted living because she refuses to leave all her animals. I go with her to doctor appointments as she cannot understand or remember what the doctor tells her and the doctor is extremely worried about her living alone. We try to tell her that if someone (postal worker etc) saw her living conditions and reported her to Social Services, she would likely lose her home and her animals and be forced to move. She tells us that if we force her to do something she doesn't want she will "cut us off" meaning her will. We have been named in her will and investment accounts as recipients when she dies. It has been this way since long before the dementia started. We spend many, many hours a week caring for her and will be left caring for the many animals when she does pass, which is why she wanted the money to go to us. A few months ago, a distant (elderly) cousin had her go to a new attorney and sign documents signing everything over to him......when we let them know how much care she needs and asked if they would provide that care, they cancelled the paperwork and left things the way they were. How can we help her further within the limits of the law? We do NOT feel she is mentally competent to make these decisions for herself. She has fallen for several monetary scams, losing several thousand dollars each time but yet still falls for every "you've won a new car and a million dollars" scam she gets in the mail. She cannot understand that these mailings are simply a way to cheat her. We aren't in it for the money....we want her to be in a safe and clean environment. Any money we would receive would go towards rehoming all the animals and likely having her home demolished. We need to know what we can do legally to get her help.