Babara is an HACC client who has been diagnosed with breastcancer. She is 77, highly dependent because of severe arthritis andin constant pain. The specialist has advised that she should havean operations and wishes her to sign to allow him freedom to removewhatever is necessary when he operates. Barbara has decided not tohave the operation, despite the optimism of the surgical team. Herfamily members are willing to let her do as she wishes. However,the specialist is urging the operation. Barbara is very nervous andasks one of her carers, Alice, to stay while she talks with thesurgeon and to help her put forward her point of view.
Discuss how Alice should react to Barbara’s request.