More and more, family members are becoming primary caregivers to their parents or to their grandchildren. There are several things to consider and agencies to contact.
Whether it is a grandchild, parent or other family memeber, becoming a primary caregiver is a large responsibility that should be completely reviewed before making final decision. (Being a primary caregiver can cause emotional, financial, and physical stress).
FIRST: Meet with family memebers to decided best placement options. This should be based on who has the availability of time, resources and energy.
Next, future primary caregiver should contact a lawyer for a consultation. Becoming a primary caregiver becomes a legal issue. It will provise legal consent for medical and financial issues. Search for a lawyer specializing in guardianship(either child or elderly)
This process may take time and money. There are several web sources that can assist with funding and other assistance. A good place to start is http://www.caregiver.org or http://www.aarp.org/family/caregiving/ They have information, assistance, resources and more.
Remember you will also need support, as it is a large responsibility. Look for your local support group. You can also look on the web.http://www.ec-online.net/Community/Activists/can.htm or http://free-support-groups.webs.com/