My mother-in-law has struggled with depression for many years. In '06 within 6 months time, she lost her husband of 40 years extremely unexpectedly and her mother to Parkinson's disease. We have become increasingly worried about her as she is diabetic and will not take care of herself - doesn't watch what she eats, sleeps all day, awake at night. She takes oxycodone(sp?) on a regular basis and we suspect that another family member brings her other 'meds'. She falls constantly and has had vision problems from the latest 'fall'. However, I suspect that some of the vision problem stems from the uncontrolled diabetes. She has had several minor car accidents and we have even gone as far as to take the car and keep it for several days. She stays in for days on end and sleeps so much that she either doesn't hear the phone or doesn't answer. When hubby can't get in touch with her, he gets pretty angry with her until finally someone has to actually go to her house to check and make sure she is still ok. This really is just the tip of the iceberg. Hubby is at his witts end with the situation - he is still grieving for his father and grandmother as well and trying to care for and support his family. He/we have no idea as where to even begin to help her but I'm afraid of what will happen if we do nothing. Please give us some options of where to begin.
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