Looking after Mum from a distance...
October 24, 2006 6:21 PM Subscribe
My aunt called me to say that my Mum is sending off money from the UK to scam artists in Canada. Plus she's left pans on the stove (alight) several times recently, and gone out. Plus she locks herself out incessantly...
I live in the US and for medical reasons cannot travel to the UK at the moment.
Mum lives in an apartment, a block of about 12 others, I guess.
We think she should move into some form of sheltered accomodation. She's about 60 and is compos mentis, but terribly scatter-brained and consequently forgetful. She's also quite naive about other people's intentions.
We've tried broaching the topic of sheltered accomodation, but she insists that she's fine. But she's failing to manage her finances, and risks burning the apartment block down.
I can't travel to see her at present for a few weeks at least, for medical reasons, and anyway I don't know what options there are and who to contact.
What professionals, services, etc. in the UK can I contact, and what types of options are there to get her into sheltered accomodation, given her wishes are not aligned with everyone else's perception of her needs.
Not sure if this is law & government or human relations. Probably both.
Again, for those who speed-read, my Mum is in the UK, and I am in the US, so UK-specific advice is what I really need, please, O MeFites.