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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 5/6/14


Our mother has been homeless on the streets of Pasadena, CA for the past 29 years by her own choice due to her mental illnesses. She was recently diagnosed in California with pneumonia and COPD, so my dear sister went down and packed up her stuff and they came up by train. Now our mom wants to return to California. She is in no way mentally or physically able to do either, so where do we go from here? Do we need to get an attorney? Is there someone in the city of Vancouver, WA That can help us? Thanks.


Caregivers Reply

Shared by: E. Beal
Cleveland, OH

Talk to the people in your local Protective Services Division...and also speak with someone -- a lawyer; the director of the student law clinic at one of the nearby universities; someone at the local mental health board -- about how to get guardianship.

And always keep in mind that whatever your mom will say to you about what you are doing -- and she will say a lot and much of it will be mean and nasty -- you are doing what's best for her.

Shared by: Roxanna
Champaign, IL

- Contact an attorney for guardianship.
- Contact your local NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) organization.
- Look for a support group in you area.
- Contact you Area Agency on Aging

Shared by: Bette

Yes, you DO need to bring this to court, but you can get help from your local Area Agency on Aging! In Vancouver it's:
Ask for help from their Protective Services Unit.

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