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Ethics in Community-Based Elder Care

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Ethics in Community-Based Elder Care

SKU# 9780826122971

Author: Martha B. Holstein PhD


  • Phyllis B. Mitzen ACSW, LCSW

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Caring for elders outside of institutions is the fastest growing sector of US health care. Building on their research study at the Park Ridge Center, editors Holstein and Mitzen, together with a team of experts, examine the complexities involved in developing an ethics for community-based long-term care. They also challenge policymakers to make home care a more viable option for older people in need. Chapters address many of the ethical and practical problems that arise in the care of older people with physical and mental disabilities--including how to allocate scarce funds, how to keep good caregivers, how to balance concerns of autonomy, risk and safety, and worker stress. The volume is an excellent resource for practitioners, policymakers, and students.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 11, 2001
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122971
  • EISBN 9780826122988

Table of Contents 

    Part I: Introduction
  1. Elders in the Community: Moral Lives, Moral Quandaries, M. B. Holstein & P. Mitzen

  2. Part II: Background/Theory
  3. Ethics & Aging: an Historical Perspective, B. F. Hofland
  4. Bringing Ethics Home: A New Look at Ethics in the Home and the Community, M. B. Holstein
  5. The Ethical Importance of Home Care, M. Waymack
  6. An Ethic of Care, J. C. Tronto
  7. Old Ethical Frameworks: What Works, What Doesn’t?, M. Waymack

  8. Part III: Organizations/Care Providers/Care Receivers
  9. Creating an Ethical Organization, D. M. McCurdy
  10. Organizational Ethics in a Nonprofit Agency: Changing Practice, Enduring Values, P. Mitzen
  11. Ethics in Clinical Practice with Older Adults: Recognizing Biases and Respecting Boundaries, R. Golden & S. Sonneborn
  12. Ethics and the Frontline Worker: A Challenge for the 21st Century, R. Stone & Y. Yamada
  13. When the Helper Needs Help: A Social Worker’s Experience in Receiving Home Care, N. O’Connor
  14. Care at Home: Virtue in Multigenerational Households, H. L. Nelson & J. L. Nelson

  15. Part IV: Practice
  16. Mapping the Jungle: A Proposed Method for Ethical Decision Making in Geriatric Social Work, D. Fireman, S. Dornberg-Lee, & L. Moss
  17. Adult Day Services: Ethics and Daily Life, P. Cohen
  18. Is Home Care Always the Best Care?, D. Kuhn
  19. A Good Death? Finding a Balance Between the Interests of Patients and Caregivers, S. Ellingson & J. D. Fuller
  20. Case Managers Meeting to Discuss Ethics, G. McClelland
  21. Who’s Safe? Who’s Sorry: The Duty to Protect the Safety of HCBS Consumers, R. A. Kane & C. A. Levin
  22. Addressing Prejudice: A Layered Analysis, D. E. Guinn
  23. Cross-Cultural Geriatric Ethics: Negotiating Our Differences, H. R. Moody

  24. Part V: Policy
  25. The Science and Ethics of Long-Term Care, L. Polivka
  26. Paid Family Caregiving: A Practical and Ethical Conundrum
    a. The Case Against Paid Family Caregivers: Ethical and Practical Issues; I. C. Jean Blaser;
    b. Payments to Families Who Provide Care: an Option that Should be Available