My Dad is back in the hospital for the 4th time in about 5 weeks. He is 90, lives alone in his apartment, has to rely on a senior shuttle. He has refused all help by anyone, except to demand his children give him rides to the bank and the liquor store many times a week. He has a dx of dementia, among other things. He was given a competency test about 3 weeks ago and passed “with flying colors”. Since then he has been hospitalized two times, never used his medical alert or phone to call for help. Yesterday, he was found wandering in a walkway between a clinic and hospital. He had taken a taxi there, saying he had a procedure scheduled. He told us not to come because he would be in quarantine and no family was allowed to be there. We thought he would forget about it, but sure enough, he went there. He had no doctor’s name, did not know the procedure or a time. He was taken to the ER by a security guard, and they called one of my sisters to come and take him home. By the time she got there, they had determined he was very very confused and admitted him for a psych eval to determine if he was able to make his own decisions about medical care. The social worker said it was different from the competency eval he had aced two weeks ago. The doctor at the hospital called me today (I am first on the list for durable medical POA). He said there were two types of evaluations:capacity and competence. I had not seen or heard of capacity before. Anyone familiar with what kind of evaluations they do? Dad is on a floor in the hospital for patients that might need a different placement. These nurses and doctors really get it-Dad can answer the questions, says he can do everything. However due to his confusion, anger, stubbornness, probably mental illness, he cannot actually do theses things. He lives in Ohio, I am in Western Minnesota. Four of my siblings live near him. They are all burned out and want him to be somewhere safe.