Elderly Healthcare Neglect

Patient : My mother will turn 81 this month. She has some major health problems but refuses to go to the doctor. What can the family do to get medical attention. Her mental health is fine.
Doctor :   I can understand some of your frustrations. The truth is there is not much you can do. If your mother is of good mental health and has the mental capacity to make decisions, she is allowed to make "poor" decisions. The only way you would be able to make decisions on her behalf is if her mental capacity deterioted (and a judge, with opinions from medical doctors, agreed with you) and you were mentioned as the power of attorney for medical decisions. I hope this helps  

Related Q&A

Q: I am having insomnia due to a number of factors. I suffer from OCD, depression and general anxiety disorder. I am als...

Q: I was taking 75mg of Effexor for3 months. I( told my Dr. I wanted to stop it. He was annoyed at me and told me to t...

Q: Can I take keto os when pregnant. I am 5 weeks. Keto os is therapeutic ketones. The company Prüvit claims it is safe

Q: Concerned about chances of contracting hiv. after recent sexual encounters, even though protected. There has been a c...

Q: I have been taking .25 MG of klonopln in the morning and .25 MG of klonopln at night for 5 years. I missed 3 consecu...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon