Hello. I'm the guardian for my elderly great-aunt who suffers from what I can only describe as intermittent dementia. Some days she is good and other days she is not. She forgets to turn the stove off, she leaves water running, etc. I'm worried that she's going to harm herself. I live thirty minutes away, so it's hard for me to keep track of everything she's doing. I've talked to her about going to a nursing home but she says she doesn't want to. She also refuses to let anyone live with her so her help only comes in during the day. So my question is whether I have the authority set her up in a nursing home and force her to go to one? I think she would stay once I get her settled and the nursing home I have in mind is a very nice place. What should I do?
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