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My sister has healthcare directive for my dad, he has been in hospice for a week. My mother has no say in that he wants him to go to a hospital. Even though my sister has the directive, can my mother being married to my dad have a say? He has Alzheimers and hospice is starving him to death, my mother wants him moved to a hospital - what can she do?

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From what I understand my father is being starved, no intravenous feeding, nothing. He basically for a week had little to no food and water. What if anything can be done, is it too late? There are two siblings and my mother that are very upset and want him moved to a hospital

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If sister has made daughter his healthcare POA while he was competent, then sister is the sole individual who has the legal authority to make decisions about his care, even up to taking actions like removing a feeding tube and giving him pain medication so he can pass if that is what he expressed to her as his wishes.

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Mother wouldn't have any power to trump what decisions father made about his own care and in appointing sister to carry out those directives.

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