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My mother has alzheimers and I am her POA and Health Care Proxy.

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My mother has alzheimers and I am her POA and Health Care Proxy. Despite repeatedly telling a physician group that changes to her care and medications must be discussed with me, I appallingly find they are unwilling and schedule changes without my consent. My mother, though she cannot speak for herself has the right to refuse as I understand it, but since she cannot, I have the legal right to do this for her. What advice or comments can you give?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
What you need to do is get a letter from your attorney stating that you have DPOA and HCP of your mom and that you will seek legal action against the physicians if they continue to change her health care without consultation with you.

That is basically it.
That letter will speak volumes. Physicians really hate potential litigation and will avoid it like the plague. Trust me, I know.

I hope this helped.

Please leave positive feedback if it did :-)
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I have those documents, they were delivered to the group at the onset. Ok your answer seems reasonable and I don't know what other could be imagined. Only issue I really have is why even keep such people on. I am currently leaning toward replacing them. A health care coach I employ said they may fire me first. Guess that will just lead to a more ernest search for a better more cooperative group of people.

Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
No, you need another letter from your attorney.
They know you have those documents.
This is a second letter. As well, I would document when they did not inform you or ask your permission before changing meds, etc... That should be part of your letter.
It does not have to be very antagonistic- more direct.

Please note that I am DPOA and HCP. Attached are the documents (photocopies).
To date you have done (examples) without informing me or getting my consent.

Please note that if you continue to do this, I will file a complaint with the state medical board and will seek damages for assault (which is what they are effectively doing if they do procedures without consent)

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Excellent information. Thank you very much. Please accept my tip, though not large is meant well. Money is not flowing well right now.

Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for the tip and the rating- that was really kind of you :-)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Really, you are terrific and feel I could use you again without hesitating. - Smitch

Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
He he . Just ask for Dr. Cameron only :-)
Good luck!
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 1 year ago.
Hi
I was wondering how you were doing and if you were successful with this letter..

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