My dad will soon to be 93. He has
congestive heart failure and an aneurysm in
the aorta. He is frail after having
some serious falls in the last eight months,
including passing out for several hours in
My sister and I live in Minnesota and Dad
lives in Iowa—a five-hour trip. We
signed him up for a medical alert system, a
meal home delivery service and a caregiver.
He discontinued each after a short run.
On our the last trip to the doctor with him,
we discovered that Dad's driver’s license
expired several years ago. He took the
written test again, but failed. He has
been advised by a letter from the Department
of Motor Vehicles that his doctor sent in a
medical form stating Dad can't have a
license for medical reasons. However,
Dad insists on driving. We have talked
with the police, whose hands are tied;
we are talking to Dad's lawyer this week.
We have been advised by different
professionals that we need to take the keys.
We have done that, but my dad is threatening
us with a lawsuit.
Our concern is not just the threat to
himself, but that he could cause injury to
someone else. What is our liability,
even though we have tried to stop him from
driving; what actions can we take to protect
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