About a month ago, an older woman was moved into my apartment complex (right next to me) by her family. From the first few days, the woman displayed senile behavior. Not wanting to make a long story, longer, just trust me when I tell you she has done many crazy things. Her family was obviously dumping her here in the hopes we would take care of her.
Because of the Holidays I believe her behavior has become more abberant and has escalated. She is literally ringing my doorbell in the middle of the night (I mean 1, 2, 3 am) looking for "Larry", her son. I tell her "Larry doesn't live here" and she just responds "Oh well, tell him I was looking for him..." and then she gives me a beer "for Larry" (I guess this would be OK except I don't drink!)
Anyway last night this neighbor was walking around outside, not unusual. I then began smelling smoke. I looked outside and here sits the neighbor, in a little plastic chair. We had Santa Ana winds Monday night and pine needles and debris where everywhere. She had a nice little "campfire" going out on the sidewalk. Now remember this is California - we are right in the middle of a Red Flag Warning and SA winds. She is burning "leaves" and there is debris and tinder all around her. This is a high density apartment complex.
I ran out, yelling at her. Another neighbor also came out and he put out the fire while I ran and got the mangement. The fire department was called and they spent alot of time evaluating her. The officer who interviewed later told me to be careful and sleep with one eye open. Great. I didn't sleep much last night and am pretty sick this morning from stress and worry. I do fear she is going to burn down the complex.
Sad thing is she has money, lot of it apparently. Her family could put her into a care facility where she is watched 24/7 but according to the management, the family doesn't want her money to go to that. They obviously want the money after she dies. In the meantime she is confused, lonely and out of her friggin mind!
So what would you do? I have tried to get some agency out to evaluate her. Hopefully the fire department's report will help with that. In the meantime, not certain what to do. Oh after the fire department left, she came out and started watering down the building and the area around her apartment. I told her to stop. She then pointed the hose at my bedroom window getting the contents wet and soggy ( had to try and sleep on the couch). I walked over and turned off the water and took her hose. That'll teach her!!!