ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN TAKING CARE OF THE ELDERLY ( (autonomy (respect…
ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN TAKING CARE OF THE ELDERLY
ethical care means determining what is morally good or bad
rules for ethical care
information should not be shared with others without the elder's express permission.
the eldercare provider or family member should be loyal to the elder and assume responsibility for the nature and quality of care.
is the rule of telling the truth, yet some elders do not always wish to be told the truth.
respect for the elder's choices
ensure no harm done to patient or be deprived of proper care
promote by doing which is good and moral
common ethical issues confronting eldercare providers
perceived conflicts of interest
the elders interest diverge from caregivers interest
the family members and caregivers frequently gather substantial amount of confidential information about the client
should not breech the confidence placed in them by releasing private information to others
should not use confidential information for their own benefit in such a way to be adverse to the elderly
actual conflict of interest
family members from different generations and their wishesversus the elders interest
fiduciary may have interest different
conflicts involving spouses and their wishes versus the elders wishes and interest
decision making capacity
the elder may not have the information to breech the capacity to properly participate in the process of making decisions
(Consultgeri.org, 2018) (Mogotlane, 2013) (Smeltzer, 2010)