Mentally competent elderly woman in very bad health. Refuses to go into nursing home.
She is afraid that if she is honest with doctor he will insist on hospitalization and then a nursing home. She lives alone but does receive help from friends, but they don't live with her. Can she refuse doctor's advice? If she does, can anyone be charged with neglect? How does this work if a competent person can choose to refuse medical care - can they then be forced to accept it? Can they be deemed incompetent if they choose to refuse care and put their lives at risk? Some people might say that is crazy behavior, but every person should be able to decide if refusal of medical treatment is actually irrational as they view it. They might well decide that death is acceptable in comparison with their current state of health. They might just decide that they are tired of living as they are and whatever happens, so what!
Can anyone else be held liable for neglect? Seems there is an inherent contradiction here. Supposedly you have freedom to decide, but actually you don't.
What are the laws in California about this kind of thing?