Answer: Unfortunately, if they have capacity, you cannot force them to sign a healthcare power of attorney or take over their decision making authority. Maybe the issue is simply not wanting to discuss it with you.
Is there a third person you can enlist to talk with them about this important elder care matter, i.e., member of the clergy or maybe a social worker or care manager?
To locate an elder care expert in your area, I would suggest that you go to www.ElderCareMatters.com/statechapters.htm
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Bronx, NY 10461
Member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, New York chapter
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