My dad is in a New York state nursing facility, he has refused his showers

We live out of state, my husband went up to western New York to visit his father who has been in a nursing home for about two months for rehab. He went to the nurse and asked why his father smells so strongly of body odor and urine. She said that he has been refusing his showers, and in New York state they have the right to refuse. Would this not be a health issue after awhile?

Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

This is called the right of self determination.  Health care facilities  must respect the rights of people, even when we disagree.  No one ever died for lack of bathing!  As long as he is no danger to himself or others, that's the way it is.

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