Jan 19, 2016 - 10:54 AM
Jan 19, 2016 - 12:49 PM
Even though you have some rights as his health care POA (and those rights depend on the specific language in the document), you may need to explore filing for a protective proceeding, such as a guardianship or conservatorship. You can present the POA to the court using it as evidence that your father wanted you to be the one to make medical decisions. With a spouse being adverse, you are probably going to need a court order before you can take any action. Another option if you feel there is true abuse would be to file a complaint with your local Department of Human Resources Elder Care Division.