Can a caregiver be sued for negligence?
My wife and I currently care for my mother in law, a 56 year old woman with late stage MS. She was recently hospitalized for Dyhedration and an overall weak condition. We do our best to care for her, assist her in daily living activities, feed her, provide her with fresh water on a continual basis, and encourage her to exercise and do her PE, however she can be very noncompliant. Often she walks down stairs or outside while we are away (something both my wife and I, and the doctors have told her is very unsafe), and though she sits with ice water in front of her 24hours a day she does not drink enough as going to the bathroom is difficult for her. My wife and I live with her but we are not her legal guardians and do not have power of attorney. I am worried, however, that someone might sue us for negligence is something were to happen to her. Could this happen?
Status: Open Jun 16, 2015 - 08:27 AM
Caregiving, Elder Law