The Ethics of Caregiving in an Increasingly Complex Healthcare System

by Gary Gilles

The Ethics of Caregiving in an Increasingly Complex Healthcare System

Course description:

Approximately one in three families in the U.S. cares for an aging, disabled or chronically ill family member. The percentage of families caring for a loved one is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade due to many anticipated changes in our healthcare system and federal entitlement programs. The ethics surrounding caregiving challenges some of our deepest beliefs about family, the sanctity of life, dignity of personhood, and death. This workshop takes a close look at some of the most important ethical issues related to caregiving from the perspective of family members and professionals caring for these individuals. Special emphasis will be made toward applying the discussion of ethical concerns to practical caregiving topics through case studies and personal exploration of participant’s values.

Course objectives:

  • Present the current state of caregiving, formal and informal, in the U.S. and the projected outlook with anticipated trends
  • Differentiate the distinctions and ethical concerns between the cultures of the family caregiver and the healthcare system
  • Discuss the special ethical problems that arise in caring for a loved one with dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • Explore the core values of participants as it relates to the ethics of caregiving
  • Identify key ethical concerns related to advanced planning,
  • Discuss the ethical considerations for rationing healthcare for the aged, disabled or chronically ill

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