My father recently passed away and my mother has been in a nursing home with Dementia for the past 2 yrs. How do I go in getting guardianship or POA ( power of attorney), if I can? Dad was in the midst of getting paperwork in which the nursing home he was in was organising it for him as I live interstate. Unfortunately he passed away before it could be done. I have always been listed as next of kin, an emergency contact for both of them. Dad also had me as his nominee with Centrelink and my name on his insurance joint with his car so I do have proof of helping them and being there in time of need. Any advice on what my next step I can do and what paperwork I would need.