Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.
I am afraid that your concerns are well-founded. In a situation where the person is unable to make legal decisions, the spouse is the next person in line who can make decisions unless there is a medical power of attorney or a living will denoting otherwise. If his current wife is indeed vindictive, she does have the full power to deny access to anyone else while he is unable to make his own legal decisions. The only way to stop it (if there is no POA in place) is to pursue her legally and seek a formal conservatorship of the parent. The problem is that going through the courts may take time. The other option is to attempt to get to the father, and if he is still coherent enough, to get him to sign a POA granting the primary right to make decisions to someone else other than the current spouse.
Hope that helps.
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