Elder Law: What authority comes with power of attorney?

Source: BlueRidgeNow.com

My father signed health care and financial powers of attorney 12 years ago and named me as his representative. I am the oldest of three children. None of us lives close to dad.

My father is a widower and is living at home alone, but he really shouldn’t be. The neighbors check on him every morning and told me that a couple of times they have had to help him up from the floor, where he may or may not have spent the night after a fall.

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