Mom was recently re-evaluated by her Family Doc due to a sudden, significant increase in her dementia symptoms. A mini-mental was done & she scored just 13 out of a possible 30. Despite 3x/day Risperdal, & bedtime Seroquel & Trazodone, Mom's insistence that she needs "to go home" & increasing nighttime wandering are making homecare less & less safe. Her Doc recommends nursing home placement & says that her current cognitive level makes her incompetent to refuse. I've visited 3 local homes & spoken with admissions staff. I have medical & financial DPOA's & a Healthcare Advanced Directive. The admissions couselor at the one facility states that, due to her cognition, I can admit her under the authority of my DPOA's but is urging me to seek guardianship "so that you have a say in what happens to her estate when she passes". She doesn't own any properties, vehicles, etc. Her sole belongings are her bedroom suite, her clothing & her IRA investment fund which would be paying for her care. I'm confused. I thought the DPOA's granted care & financial authority & her will stipulates what happens with her money should she die before it's all gone. What would getting the guardianship do for her or me...other than spend even more of the little money she has left? In what way would a guardianship give me a say in her estate that the DPOA's would not?