Q: If I have medical and durable POA for my grandma with dementia, can I decide for her where she lives?
I got POA 4 years ago. She was diagnosed with dementia 3 years ago. Her husband has passed away. Her doctors (primary, cardiologist, and neurologist) say she cannot live alone, but she wants to stay at home. I cannot live with her (I am married with 3 kids of my own). Besides the dementia, she has a slew of other health concerns and is a fall hazard. I want to take care of her at my home. The only other living blood relative is my brother, and he supports whatever I think is best.
A: You can certainly provide her with a place to live, but you can't force her to live there. A power of attorney authorizes you to act for her, but doesn't give you the right to control her - for that you would need a guardianship. Her condition may or may not support having a guardian appointed.
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