That’s not to say it isn’t worth pursuing if you believe she’s at risk of seriously injuring herself and failing to call for help again—just that it shouldn’t be your next immediate move.
In the meantime, you can continue to visit more often (and enlist other family members to do the same), and perhaps ask your mother’s neighbors to check in on her from a distance if they seem friendly and open to the idea.
I ended up getting arrested after sleeping in my car for a week, and was fired after missing work due to being in jail.
My car was impounded, so I had to check into a homeless shelter. It took me years to recover, but I’m doing great now.
Dear Prudence, A few years ago, I took a job across the country where my large, wealthy extended family lives.