My mother was placed into a nursing home by her POA. This was done without my knowledge. What action can I take? - AgingCare.com

My mother was placed into a nursing home by her POA. This was done without my knowledge. What action can I take?

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She insists my mother has dementia, but when she had her taken forcefully to the hospital, the physiologist sent her home because she was no danger to herself or anyone, just confused. Partially because she is deaf. It is hard for her to understand anything, being 94 years old. When I found out she was placed, I was told I could NOT visit her for 3 weeks. I have left messages to the nursing home but have not received any response. What action can I take to be informed of her condition, etc....?

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For a NH to admit her she has to be evaluated and meet Medicaid criteria.
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I wouldn't read too much in her physiologist (did you mean psychologist?) sending her home from the hospital, because she was no danger to herself. Maybe, that meant that she wasn't suicidal, but, she still may not be able to run her own household, like cook, take meds correctly, bathe, dress, etc. People who have memory issues can sometimes cover it up for guests or on the phone. Have you spent a lot of time with her in her home lately? It's when you really look into the house and see the reality of the situation, that you see that it's not safe or healthy. I'm just speculating what might have happened. Can you discuss it with the POA?

Is there any reason you and the POA are not on speaking terms? I would take it that the POA has been given the authority for a reason and hopefully, you can maintain a relationship with you mother as she is remains in the nursing home. Did the facility say why they wanted a 3 week period of no visits? It could be to allow her to adjust.  I'd inquire of their policy.  
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Be grateful someone else did it? I had to do it for my dad this year and it was very unpleasant. A 94 year old probably belongs in a living arrangement with assistance. They are telling you to stay away to allow her time to adapt to her new environment without confusing her. It sounds like whoever is watching out for her put some thought into what she needs and took the bull by the horns.
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