A sibling removed a parent from one facility and did not disclose the new location to other siblings and messages and phone calls have not been answered as to the parent's whereabouts. Isn't this a form of elder abuse because this sibling is alienating the parent from family. This parent has been in contact will all siblings on a daily basis until this move happened. What can be done?
If you believe that he is being held against his will, then call the police and let them find him.
Thereafter, retain an attorney to get a guardian appointed. If your parent is still able to understand what is going on, he can - if he chooses to do so - file for a voluntary guardianship (which is must simpler and will be less costly). Likewise, if he has not done so and is still able to make his own decisions, then he should make sure he has a Will, a Durable Power of Attorney, a Living Will/Advanced Medical Directive, and a Preneed Guardianship (naming who he thinks should be guardian if and when one needs to be appointed).
I think you need to establish a guardianship for your parent with you or another one of your siblings as the Guardian. You might check with the State Attorney where your father was a resident and see if they would pursue this as a criminal act--either elder abuse or kidnapping-- and if so, you might not need to initiate Guardianship proceedings. It is more likely, the SA would view this as a family matter and you'll need to do the Guardianship. Remember if your sibling had either a Power of Attorney or Health Care Surrogate, the sibling may have been within his rights to move the parent.
Here you can find a few ways to report suspected elder abuse: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/report_abuse.php
An investigation will be done, involving law enforcement personnel. Good luck with this.
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