Recently when mom was hospitalized I was informed that I had no authority to make any medical decisions for her; including placement after her discharge. I had DPOA and thought that it included everything - apparently not! I have financial DPOA and the other document that she had gotten from the church and was signed (not by a notary or lawyer) but a document prepared by the church states that she would not want blood transfusions or heroic measures (life support, etc.) The social workers at the hospital interpreted that document as all encompassing and told me that the church elders are responsible for all of her medical decisions now. They however tell me that they feel their responsibilities are limited to the blood transfusion and/or life support issue. The social workers insisted that even placement after her discharge would be the decision of the church elders - and that all of her medical decisions would have to come from them. I would of course be included in conversations - but would have to respect their authority in this area. Could anyone direct me to additional information on the limits of their (the church elders) responsibilities? Thank you!