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Thank you. That's what I wanted to know - that I'm under no obligation to help and they can't force me to be responsible for her. I can't cope with her behaviour which is why I want and need to keep away from her. Thanks again.
I've just noticed this in the information the mental health team sent me:
'If you do not want to take on responsibilities of being nearest relative you can ask someone else to do it...who has agreed...'
If the someone else can be a support worker rather than a relative I might do that. There are no other relatives willing which is my problem.
Otherwise, they can keep me recorded as nearest relative but I won't get involved with anything I don't want to. Perhaps I should put that in writing to them?
The term they use in their information is 'nearest relative'. The information leaflet they sent me is from Hampshire County Council and is titled: 'Nearest Relative under the Mental Health Act 1983 - what you need to know'. It says I can give opinions about what my relative needs, make complaints, say if I think she needs to go back into hospital etc.
Perhaps I should contact them and ask if I have responsibilities and then opt out.