Ethical Issues

(Take Home CEUs)

* ethics credit

• Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Issues: Ethical Challenges in Caring for the Elderly*
Explores the findings resulting from research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and includes assessments and tools designed to guide the elderly as they contemplate their future physical, psychosocial, and spiritual wishes at the end of life.

• Cultural Competence: Discovering the Patient’s Perspective*
Reviews two communication frameworks specifically created for the medical professional to help uncover the patient’s cultural and/or religious perspective of health and care.

• Elder Abuse and Self Neglect: The Ethical Aspects of Caring*
Defines elder abuse and neglect and outlines the professional’s responsibility in preventing, detecting, and reporting.

• Ethics in Caring for the Elderly: Do You Know Their Love Language?*
Reiterates the ethical duty that healthcare professionals have to provide person-centered care and introduces the love language concept as a way of delivering that care to elderly patients.

• Good Grief: Helping Families Cope After the Loss of an Elderly Loved One*
Review key components of healthy grieving in order to assist families after a patient’s death. Ethical issues related to dying, death, and grief will be discussed.

•  Mental Health and the Elderly:  An Ethical Team Approach*
According to a recent CDC report, over 20% of adults ages 65 or older have a mental health concern, but only about two-thirds receive treatment. Emphasizes the need to address the mental health of our elderly population by reviewing assessment strategies and specific treatment options.

•  No News Isn’t Always Good News:  The Ethics of Communicating Bad News Through Crucial Conversations*
Explores communication techniques that are proven to be effective when delivering negative news to patients, families, and others.  Ethical issues of withholding crucial information will be discussed.

• Sexuality and the Older Adult: A Tactful Approach Regarding a Sensitive Subject*
Addresses the physiological and psychological changes affecting a senior’s sexuality, and the healthcare professional’s role in assessment and treatment.

• Substance Abuse in the Elderly Population: An Ethical Approach to This Hidden Epidemic*
Gain understanding into the assessment and treatment options for older adults who are struggling with substance abuse and explore ethical situations that may arise when approaching this delicate subject.

• Suicide in the Aging Population: An Ethical Perspective*
Identifies the prevalence of late life suicide, provides warning signs, risk factors, and addresses assessment methods and responses to enable the healthcare professional to better predict the individual risk for elderly patients.