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Ethical Issues

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This course is not approved by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

Care providers are challenged with ethical issues in dementia care throughout the day. We live in a world that is complicated and making decisions of what is right and wrong is not always as clear as night and day. This course is designed to train staff how to be successful in making ethical decision in difficult situations in caring for persons with dementia.

Course Information:
  • Online Training Course
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Making Ethical Decision in Difficult Situations
  • How Ethics Is Involved in Dementia Care
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Course Description

Course Objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • Define how ethics is involved in dementia care;
  • Discover methods to responding to ethical issues commonly found in dementia care;
  • Identify the benefits of moral theories in ethical issues;
  • Understand the importance of empathy when caring for a person with dementia;
  • Describe the role of consent and define what it means to lack capacity;
  • Identify what is best for the person who lacks capacity;
  • Explain how safety is a factor of ethical issues in dementia care; and
  • Apply strategies to prevent objectifying the person with dementia.

Course Outcomes

Hour One
  • I. Introduction: Ethical Issues Caregivers Encounter
  • a. Caregivers experience ethical issues everyday
  • b. Ethics is defined as: Principles, Morals, and Beliefs
  • c. Making a decision of what is right or wrong
  • d. Ethics in Dementia Care Involves Issues of Quality: Physical, Emotional, Mental
  • I. What to do if a resident refuses to take medications
  • ii. How to handle aggressive behavior
  • iii. How to handle confidential information
  • iv. What to do if resident wanders
  • II. Finding The Ethical Response
  • a. Not Every Person Requires The Same Response
  • b. Questions Caregivers May Have Regarding Ethical Issues:
  • I. How do I know what the correct ethical response would be?
  • ii. How do you find the answers to ethical decisions?
  • c. Hughes and Baldwin Describe Source of “Moral Theories” In Order To Find An Ethical Response:
  • I. Theory of Consequence
  • ii. Theory of Duty
  • iii. Theory of Principle
  • III. Empathy and Ethics
  • a. Ethical Theories Are Not Always Reliable
  • b. Need to Have Empathy For the Person With Dementia In Order to Make The Proper Ethical Decision About His or Her Care
  • I. Walk in his or her shoes
  • ii. Discover his or her relationships and how they shape the person he or she is today
  • c. Make Ethical Decisions In Which Validate The Person With Dementia
  • IV. Ethics and Consent
  • a. Ethical Care Is One In Which The Person With Dementia Has Valid Consent
  • I. Must Be Informed
  • ii. Be Competent
  • iii. Unforced
  • iv. Continuing
  • V. What If Person Lacks Capacity
  • a. List Signs That A Person Lacks Capacity
  • I. Person Is Unable to Understand Information Relevant To The Decision in Question
  • ii. Person Is Unable to Retain The Relevant Information
  • iii. Person Is Unable to Use Information as Part of the Process of Making Decisions
  • iv. Person Is Unable to Communicate Decision
  • b. Ethics In Dementia Care Requires Caregivers to Respect The Persons with Dementia
  • I. Person May Lack Capacity To Make Decisions But Is Still An Adult With Feelings and Opinions
  • VI. What Is Best If The Person Lacks Capacity
  • a. Resources To Help Make Difficult Decisions
  • I. Living Will or Advance Directive
  • ii. Person’s Close Family Relationships
  • iii. Resident’s Personal History: Values, Beliefs, Etc
  • b. Ethical Responses Must Consider The Entirety of The Person With Dementia
  • I. His or Her Relationships
  • ii. Desires
  • iii. Needs
  • iv. Safety
  • VII. Safety Issues
  • a. Safety in The Assisted Living Community Includes:
  • I. Safety of the Resident himself/herself
  • ii. Safety of Other Residents
  • iii. Safety of Staff
  • iv. Safety of Family, Friends, Visitors
  • b. Safety Issues Also Include:
  • I. Emotional Safety: (Will this decision emotionally destroy the person with dementia?)
  • c. Other Factors that Influence Our Responses:
  • I. Money
  • ii. Tradition
  • iii. Timing
  • VIII. The Person With Dementia Is Not An Object
  • a. Treat the Person With Dementia As An Individual Not An Object
  • b. Two Ways To Approach Decisions:
  • I. View the Person As An Individual But Also As A Part of A Greater Community of Intertwined Relationships
  • ii. Decisions Should Be Based On The Perspective of the Person With Dementia
  • c. You Are Not Alone: Utilize Outside Resources To Help You Make The Right Decisions When It Comes To Difficult Issues In Dementia Care
  • I. Alzheimer’s Disease
  • ii. Resident’s Families and Friends
  • iii. Resident’s Physician
  • iv. Other Care Providers

Instructor: Josh Allen, RN

Josh Allen is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in senior living. As the Director of InTouch at Home, Josh oversees all aspects of business development, care, services, and operations for the organization. As a part of the SRG Senior Living family of companies, InTouch at Home delivers personalized care and services to clients living in senior living communities as well as private residences across three states.

Josh also serves on the board of the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, and represents AALNA on the boards of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living and Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations. Josh has previously served as President and CEO of Care and Compliance Group, a leading training solutions provider.

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Ethical Issues