What's fair when mom moves in?
Two years ago, my 62-year-old mom lost her job and was injured shortly thereafter. Recognizing that my mom would need help for more than a few months, and since she didn't have any money, my wife and I had a small apartment built onto our detached garage in our back yard where she has been living and recovering for the past 2 years. She has no savings, no assets, and is facing insurmountable medical debt and will likely file for bankruptcy for the second time in her life. Now that she is able to work again, is it fair for me to ask her to find a full-time job and look for an apartment again despite her financial troubles? Or should my wife and I continue to support her despite next to nothing in return and a fair amount of strain developing between all of us? I love my mom, and I want to help her, but I don't want to be a crutch that she unnecessarily leans on for the rest of her life.