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What to Do When You Have an Abusive Elderly Parent

April 21, 2011

If you’re caring for an abusive aging parent and you can’t take it any more, leave, says eldercare consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt. Leave the situation, leave the responsibility, and leave the guilt.

“Legal advice can help you to follow what your state requires in terms of legal responsibility, the legal documents that may name you, and how you ‘pass the torch’ to another,” Rosenblatt says on her Forbes blog Aging Parents. One of her clients passed the torch to a sister, and if that doesn’t work, “a guardian can be appointed and an outsider can make those tough decisions.”

You can read the post here: “The Solution for Caregivers at the Breaking Point With Aging Parent.”

Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who covers finding and paying for eldercare for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Pat permalink
    August 8, 2011 1:38 pm

    What is the last resort choice when an abusive elder parent (who is unable to walk and live alone) cannot be taken care of by his family? Is there assisted living that is required to take anyone? He will probably be verbally abusive to them also.

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