My aunt aged 97 is in a nursing home. She has been amazingly good mentally until the last couple of years. She gave POA to her "friend" who I'll call Cathy. (If you look back, I posted about this a year or so ago).
Despite best efforts of family and friends, the POA has taken advantage of my aunt (Social services and the police investigated and found no problems. My aunt "Hilda" had told me that POA had taken all her money and would not even give her a key to her own house. I found bank records from a joint account showing that Cathy had been paying her own bills from this account. And that she had cancelled a check that would have pre-paid Hilda's funeral.
But that's a whole other story. I've visited my aunt and just try not to think about the finances, to be supportive although I live 1.5 hours away. Since Hilda is on Medicare there is nothing left to rip off from her so the POA hasn't been around much.
I got a letter from Cathy's attorney, which was a report on her spending as POA. It included $300 for boarding up the house. The house is in the now infamous city of Flint, MI so not worth much- less than $10K.
I went by the house the other day, found it was not boarded up and it has been broken into. There is a busted window and then I discovered that the DOOR TO THE HOUSE IS WIDE OPEN!! Needless to say I got the heck out of there; there could be squatters or drug users, the house has no doubt been vandalized and trashed.
So, obviously Cathy has not been doing her job! Then I learned by calling the funeral home that the funeral is only partially paid for. So my aunt is feeling secure that the whole thing is arranged for, paid for when in fact there is over $5K left to pay.
At this point I don't have any recourse. The nursing home social worker, the police and the court were totally convinced that the POA was not doing anything wrong. I don't know what to do. Sure, the house is no longer any good to my aunt, but finding out even the funeral money is gone, that's the last straw.
Any suggestions? As much as I'd love to have Cathy tarred and feathered, I just want to know how I can help my aunt just get her funeral funded! She (nor does anyone else) doesn't deserve this!