What To Do When Elderly Parent Refuses Needed Care
So as you can see, there’s really NO reason why you can’t somehow, some way, get an elderly parent to the emergency room, no matter how much they refuse to go.
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For example, after surgery, a fever, severe pain, or new or smelly discharge at the incision are signs that your older adult needs immediate medical attention. Or, if they had a procedure to open a blocked artery and then develop severe chest pain or shortness of breath, they need to go back to the hospital.
The truth is that a person who is of sound mind has the right to refuse medical treatment. This means that family caregivers cannot force their loved ones to seek out or receive medical treatments, even if doing so would improve their health and quality of life.
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A person can be involuntarily committed to a hospital if they are a danger to themselves, a danger to others, or gravely disabled. They are considered a danger to themselves if they have stated that they are planning to harm themselves.
Informed refusal is where a person has refused a recommended medical treatment based upon an understanding of the facts and implications of not following the treatment. Informed refusal is linked to the informed consent process, as a patient has a right to consent, but also may choose to refuse.
If a person is suffering from a mental illness that causes them to lack the ability to consent to medical treatments, the court system and law enforcement can force them to be treated by medical professionals.
Get Legal Support. If your loved one absolutely refuses assisted living but is in danger, you may need to get outside support. An elder care lawyer can help you review your options, advise you about seeking guardianship, or even refer you to a geriatric social worker who can help. Your loved one may be angry and hurt.
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People are admitted to a hospital when they have a serious or life-threatening problem (such as a heart attack). They also may be admitted for less serious disorders that cannot be adequately treated in another place (such as at home or in an outpatient surgery center).
The Real and Dangerous Problem of Elderly Hospitalization Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for an elderly person to go to a hospital for a minor injury (such as the complications from a fall) and leave several weeks later with a host of new problems.
The most common cause of hospitalization and rehospitalization in Americans age 65 and older is congestive heart failure. Every day, 10,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday.