Her husband recently abandoned her and has separated from their home. While it is still unclear as to what her husband wants to do, it seems apparent that he does not want to resume/return to the marriage. Both are in their early 80's and one has been diagnosed with early signs of the dementia illness (my mom's husband). My sisters and I would like to initiate protection for my mom as it seems her husband's family is planning a permanent separation or worse, divorce. Moreover, my mom's husband was completely taken by surprise as he left the home with his elder daughter, who claimed my mom was verbally abusing her father. Without any notice, both left (claimed to be going to the store) and never returned. This was one week+ ago. We have been in contact with the family as well finally with my mom's husband who simply called for his medical card, clothes to be shipped to his daughter's home and a statement of "take care of your mom, I wish her well." This side of the family has told us that they are taking him to a dr. out of state for further testing and that this would take up to 2+ weeks. Thereafter, no real plan was communicated. All of this info was left on a voicemail. Right now, we are waiting to hear word from my mom's husband as to what it is he wants to do to move forward. I can assure you there is no abuse of any kind. My mom has has been married to this man for over 15years (this is her second marriage as my biological father passed away from a heart attack in 1992 after over 30+years of marriage). We believe her husband's side of the family may have other motives, financially and are completely shocked as to the turn of events. That said, we want to understand her current rights, and want to protect her - can she initiate a power of attorney at this point and assign her daughters so that we do not have her husband involved in any important decisions moving forward - financially, medically, etc. though she is of sound mind still and in good health?