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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Firstly, you need to understand that Next of Kin has absolutely no legal standing. You should speak to the care home there is absolutely no reason as to why you should not be allowed to see your step father. Additionally, next of kin has no power to make decisions about wellbeing. If you feel this needs dealt with urgently then I would recommend having a legal professional write to the care home about the legal standing of next of kin. Additionally what you could do is go to a court in an emergency hearing and ask them to make make you what is called Power of Attorney (Dative) this means that although your step father does not have capacity the court can grant you power of attorney in absence of your father. The difficulty would be if the cousin opposes this. However, I think a legal letter explaining that you should get to visit would do the job. I am sorry to hear about this and wish you the best of luck moving forward.
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