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How to help my elderly parents

Hello,I am 54 yrs old and I am having to deal with and need help with how to take care of my elderly parents. My mom has Diabetes and she is not always up to taking care of my dad who has some dementia. Just this week my dad was scammed out of $290 and my mom was in the bed and had no idea that 2 men pulled up in there driveway looking for work and saw my dad outside so the men offered to clean his gutters. Anyway that is just one of the many problems. My mom has to constantly watch my dad because he does stupid things. I live about 20 minutes away from them and saw them both yesterday and realized I had to come over more than I do. I need to convince my dad to hand over the check book and let me pay his bills and take care of his money issues, but he will not give up that control. I am afraid he will lose everything he has and all because he can not let go of his control. I understand it is hard for anyone to admit they are getting older. Also my mom is always sick and stays in the bed. I do not work, my children r grown, but I need ideas on how to best help them both. I am sure I am not the only one dealing with taking care of my elderly parents. Thanks
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139792 tn?1498589250
Your concern is genuine. This is a usual problem. It is good of you to think about welfare of your elderly and ailing parents. I wonder whether you can appoint a full time care giver.In absence of an alert person in the house,they are likely to be the victim of hoodlums or any manipulator.
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612551 tn?1450025775
Check with your local county/city whatever where you live for a senior service center.  The county I live in in NJ has a senior center near me, and I am out in the country (not is a city).  I do not know what services are offered but I think giving advice on services for seniors is one.
144586 tn?1284669764
The unfortunate answer is to have a court hearing to establish guardianship. There are many degree of guardianship from simple management of all finances to complete control over medical care and housing. You need to do a google search on the guardianship protocol for your state. There is a problem with the senior service centers. The invariably refer the case to adult protective services. This covers their butts.  A case worker from APS will visit without notifying you, and generally a psychiatrist from APS (again without notifying you or permitting you to see the diagnosis). They may initiate a guardianship procedure and you will find yourself on the outside, looking in. The guardianships are often political plums dealt out to connected social workers who bill $200 an hour for "investigation" which the judge orders to be taken from the seniors bank acount. I have been involved in several guardianship procedures, and the best outcome is when a relative initiates the action.
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I am so sorry that you have to walk through this. I see that you are my baby sister's age. Our parents died when we were pretty young. At 58, my sister is still raising one daughter who's about to head off to college, but she doesn't have aging parents to be concerned about. I never did either, and I'm sure it's frightening and horrible to see them begin to fail. But may I say that you are wonderful to be there for them to offer help and support to them as best you can. You're a million times blessed, and you will not regret it ... going forward in your life, you will not regret the time you've given them now at the end of their time on earth. I do agree with caregiver222 that it might be time for you to establish some guardianship or conservetorship to protect them from fraud. There are plenty of people and companies eager to separate old people from their money these days. This is a tough time for you, and I'm so sorry for it.
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