I got a call early this morning and when I answered there was no caller. I saw it was from a relative so I called back and clearly heard a hang up. I feared it was about my aunt in a nursing home, so I sent a text message. Surprisingly he answered my text. It later dawned on me that he wanted my answer in writing. He asked about a withdrawal I made from my aunt's bank account because "the facility" was questioning it.
I replied that they can ask me directly (I am POA) and provided my contact information and address (which he has). To further cooperation, I explained that when I reviewed my aunt's bank account she was over the amount of the eligibility for Medicaid, perhaps from the covid stimulus, and I withdrew the amount to maintain her eligibility for the yearly certification. This would be the same response I would give to 'the facility' if they in fact called. This money was spent on miscellaneous items she might appreciate.
Since this relative asked about the small amount I withdrew, I asked about the larger amount which was withdrawn with the stimulus deposited. As the POA, I have no problem being transparent. He said his withdrawal was not the amount in question and not relevant. I doubt that my cousin uses these words and felt it was someone from adult protective services asking these questions. The facility director is more friendly with my relative as the medical POA, however has treated me with suspicion. As the financial POA, I have tried to stick with the responsibility at hand and dismiss the negative suspicion.
I have a full plate with my mother, this covid, and her home, along with maintaining my sanity. I communicate with my aunt weekly by phone but there is not much more I can do than make sure her bills are paid. It's such a sad situation.
How should I follow up on the money my cousin withdrew without explanation to me as the POA.