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Determining Decision-Making Capacity
Mrs. T. is a 65-year-old woman with a Palliative Performance Scale score of 60% and dementia (FAST scale 6b). She lost her husband of 30 years 6 months ago, and the adjustment has been difficult for her. She has been grieving and often finds herself avoiding socializing with friends. She is getting more forgetful. Her daughter lives 2 hours away and visits every weekend. At a recent visit, she found the stove had been left on by her mother. Her mother refuses to leave her home and move in with her daughter or into an assisted living. How should this case be approached?