Your parent lives alone and has memory loss. You’ve tried to get him to move to an assisted living facility but he refuses. While you have power of attorney and have been paying his bills for many years (he is unable to manage his own finances) you’re frustrated that this isn’t enough to give you legal permission to move your father. Over the years he has not attended medical appointments so you have no physician statement regarding his ability to make decisions. Cognitive issues are on of the most difficult to navigate in situations such as this. Depending on the situation, the only option may be to allow your parent to fail and then a choice must be made. This is indeed frustrating and unfortunate but sometimes it’s the only way.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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