Here's the scoop -- my dad should not be living alone any longer. He can still care for himself, with allowances, but at the minimum he needs someone around in case he falls again. I can visit frequently, but living with him is out of the question.
After a stint in rehab, the hospital is urging him to go into a nursing home, but he's flat refusing. In the end, I agreed to stay with him "for a few days" to see how he does being back at home again.
My husband is concerned that this somehow means we've accepted responsibility for him, and if I leave and he's injured, we could be liable for some sort of neglect or abuse charges.
I think that since Dad is in full possession of his mental faculties (as assessed by the hospital!) and that my POA specifically says that I cannot compel him to do anything against his will unless 2 doctors have judged him incapacitated, that he has the legal right to stay at home, regardless of the wisdom of that choice.
(yes, I recognize the moral/ethical dimensions of this case. At the moment, I'm needing to know specifically about the *legal* aspects.)