Nursing ethics in patient self-neglect
from ADVANCE for NPs & PAs
At 70, John lives on his own, caring for his personal needs with minimal assistance. He is able to function independently, but he refuses to use air conditioning. A prolonged issue, his family grows concerned that it will negatively impact his health. Scenarios like this are not uncommon and raise an important ethical question for caregivers. Where is the line between protecting an individual's autonomy and protecting their health?
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