I'm sorry for this difficult situation. The short answer is: no, if your mother is competent "they" cannot force her to go to a nursing home, hospital or anywhere else for treatment if she doesn't want to go. On the other hand, if she cannot be properly treated where she is now, then she may have to choose between going home or going somewhere she can receive the necessary treatment. If you think there is a facility in state or closer to home where your mother can receive the necessary treatment, then you need to further explore why somewhere out-of-state is being suggested. It could be money or limitations imposed by her health coverage. It is a good idea for someone in your situation to at least consult with a local attorney to review all the potential legal issues, options and obligations of the parties before you take any further action. You may be able to do this via telephone/email consultation or you can go personally to a local attorney. You can find attorneys in your area by searching among the profiles here on AVVO. Good luck!
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They can't force her out of state. I'm sure that you would like her to go somewhere close where family and friends can easily visit. You should research the best place for your mother to go where she can get the best care. In addition, you should get a free consultation with an elder law attorney to discuss her situation. Good luck.
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