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Next of kin where do we stand

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My mother inlaw is next of kin to her husband,who is in a care home with vascular dementia and Alzheimer's the problem is we noticed her memory was going so we spoke to care home to explain this and they said they would always ring next of kin so we left it,then dad in laws dr rang over something and mother inlaw was in a state so her son had to take over now we have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and dementia how would her son become next of kin for his dad.
"Next of kin" is not a legally recognised term. When people are asked to nominate a NoK (when going into hospital or for employment etc.), then it's usually their spouse or a close blood relative - but does not have to be, it could be a friend.

In view of the fact that your FiL already has dementia (and, I assume, does not already have a Health & Welfare PoA in place), then I think that your husband would need to become his father's Court of Protection-appointed deputy. You can read more about this here https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scri ... entID=2478.
That's really interesting - I'd no idea it wasn't a legal term. I'm always very keen to point out that I'm NOT my MIL's next of kin, nor is my son her grandson, but it's her surviving son who lives in the USA! I don't want any 'legal responsibility' for her coming to me or my son, who is only in his twenties, and I don't want him to have to cope with his gran in any way at all.
I've bypassed family hierarchy with my choice of NOK and gone for my youngest nephew. Well, I couldn't really see my helicoptering sister in the role!! :lol:
Google "next of kin" and "nearest relative" - it's quite interesting!