Sep 10, 2015 - 09:12 AM
In your case, as your father’s agent under the POA, you may have the authority to sign paperwork on his behalf to enter a facility. However, he would be able to revoke this POA at any time and refuse to enter or he could leave the facility on his own. On the other hand, a Guardian has permanent power to make health care decisions because a court has declared the person incapable of making their own decisions. A Guardian would be responsible for choosing an appropriate living situation and often must weigh safety against providing the least restrictive environment.