Long Term Care Ethical Dilemma

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Everyone has natural rights, their universality and unconditionality rights. Universality means that they are possessed by all persons, without regard for reave, sex, nationality, or any specific circumstances of birth of present condition (Boatright, 2012). Unconditionality means that natural human rights do not depend on any particular practices or institutions in society. There for, there is nothing we can do to relinquish them or to deprive ourselves or others of them (Boatright, 2012). With everyone’s rights in question, how do you decipher between an elderly persons rights and wishes in a long-term facility and the rights and wishes of their family or spouses?
Depending on the condition of the resident this dilemma could be a type of treatment to start or stop or this could be life ending decision. The family members may want the elder to live as long as they possibly can, in some cases, not understanding or not wanting to understand their selfishness. In cases where the elder takes it upon themselves to decide their own fait based on the fact they are living everyday in serious pain could conflict with their family’s wishes. This presents an ethical dilemma for the long-term facility and the nurses who care for these patients.
Autonomous individuals are those who are able to exercise free choice in matters that affect their welfare most deeply (Boatright, 2012). Autonomy is the first priority of long-term care facilities because as humans with age, much of our physical and mental capabilities decrease. An important goal of care facilities is to give the residents or patient as much autonomy as they are capable of handling. Long-term facilities follow the OBRA act, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, which is a federal law, requiring that nursing centers provide care in a manner and in a setting that maintains or improves each person’s quality of life,

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