Can a Medical POA put someone in hospice?

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My mom never said or wrote explicitly that she wanted hospice, but she had a dnr and dni. At the end of her life, when she was in pain, we had a hospice evaluation and she was eligible for that and POA brother signed for it.
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Scenario is: Patient has medical power of attorney assigned, but no advance directive in regards to end of life. The patient has become ill and is not able to make own decisions, as well is not able to leave hospital to live at home. Looking for a fact legal answer. Can her POA have her placed in hospice care without her prior consent of services? I know the POA can withdraw care, but does that necessarily mean hospice services are allowed to step in?
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Actually, Hospice can come and do a visit/evaluation to determine if the person qualifies.
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No, hospice requires a doctor's order. Then POA will make the decision based on doc input and patient's wishes and documents.
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My mom has stage 7 Alzheimer's. I am her POA. I contacted and allowed Hospice to take effect...you don't necessarily "put someone in hospice". My mom continues to live in my home. We have a DNR in place and she is now only receiving the care to bring comfort while she is here on Earth. We are not trying to extend her life (we are also not trying to shorten it)...we just want her to have comfort until her body leaves us.

Hospice sends a CNA twice a week to give her a bed bath. They send a nurse once a week to take her vital signs and check her lungs. A doctor comes every 2 months and a social worker comes about every 6 weeks. My mom has had hospice for 10 months so far.
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Not against the patient's wishes, if the patient is competent.

I signed the hospice papers for my mother. I was not legal or medical POA. I was a relative willing to do it. Other relatives were present and did not object.
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