schizophrenic brother
07/30/2010 at 10:00 AM

My brother, who is nearing 60, has been schizophrenic since he was a young adult. For about 3 or 4 years, he was medicated, but he couldn't tolerate the fuzzy, slow thinking that the medication caused. He has been unable to hold a job for about 30 years. For nearly that long, he has lived in cars or stairways or garages or behind buildings, mostly in the town that I live in. He refuses to apply for social security or disability.

Last November he started living with my widowed mother, far away from me. That is working out OK, but my sister who lives nearby is having a hard time. I've had 30 years of being close enough to the situation to understand that it probably is as good as it can be. I've been through those phases of grief--but she is just in the denial phase and she keeps wanting him to be less crazy.

Anyway, at this point, my sister will inherit the house my mom and brother are living in when Mom dies. My sister started asking the question, what happens to this brother when that occurs? I suggested that he could inherit the house instead of her. I also suggested a conservatorship. I did not suggest that she inherit the house and kick him out. I did not suggest that she inherit the house and allow him to live there, with her (or other family members) taking responsibility for paying for the utilities, etc.

Can anyone see other options?