The caregiver’s mother has bipolar disorder. She has recently stopped her medication and is in a manic phase. She hardly sleeps at all and is constantly working on a new business venture, a venture that is the result of a delusion. The mother is spending huge amounts of money on this project, which is not going to work.
The caregiver tries to convince her mother to undergo treatment, but the mother refuses. Since her mother is not in immediate/imminent danger, the caregiver cannot force her mother to receive treatment or to undergo an assessment. In this case, the right to autonomy of the cared-for person is protected by law. The caregiver contacts the Caregiver Support Helpline or her caregiver association for support in feeling powerless and for strategies to encourage the person being cared for to consent to an assessment or treatment.