205 Windy Court, Highland Village, Texas 75077, United States

(972) 809-0247

Support and assistance for families
facing challenging eldercare decisions

LTC ETHICS CONSULTANTS

How Do I Help Senior Care Professionals and their Patients/Residents?

Difficult choices for patient care are increasingly made outside the hospital walls.  Patients may be at home or in long-term care facilities.  The decisions aren't any easier in those settings than when the patient is hospitalized, but there is definitely less help available in the community to assist families and professionals in exploring ethical questions related to patient/resident care.  As a bioethicist who works in the long-term care community, I offer support to you and your patients/residents and patient families.

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Our Ethics Services

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  • Medical ethics consultations in the long-term care setting (at home or in care facilities) to help residents/patients, their families and care professionals analyze ethical issues in difficult care decisions
  • Ethics training for senior care professionals to enable them to integrate ethical concepts into every day on-the-job choices
  • Assistance in the development of policies and procedures that reflect the senior care professional's ethical values
  • Educational programs (including CEU's) for senior care professionals, long-term care residents and their families on a variety of aging issues
  • Regional long-term care ethics committees for education in bioethics and for peer support


Ethical Issues in Long-Term Care: Antipsychotic Medications and Older Adults

In partnership with Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Dallas, TX, we offered a 3-part lunch 'n 'learn series for long-term care professionals on the appropriate use of antipsychotic medications in older patients.  Charlotte Huffman, investigative reporter from WFAA in Dallas, presented her research on antipsychotic use in care facilities in April 2019.  In May, Dr. Jessica Voit, a geriatrician from UT Southwestern Medical Center, spoke to us about antipsychotic medications, the good and bad, and about ways to investigate the underlying causes of troubling behaviors.  In June, Natalie Kunkel of Surpass Senior Living presented nonpharmaceutical measures to help patients with anxiety and agitation.  We thank our three excellent speakers for an extremely informative series.   For more info on upcoming ethics educational programs, contact us at info@e-seniorservices.com.


Regional Long-Term Care Ethics Committees

Agenda for upcoming meeting:

  

1. Introductions

2. Discussion of  recent case submitted by a committee member  (different cases for North Dallas Committee in August and Denton Committee in September).


Denton Committee 2019 dates:

9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10


Dallas Committee 2019 dates:  

 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, December - NO MEETING


Are you a senior care professional in the Dallas-Forth Worth metro interested in participating in one of our regional long-term care ethics committees?  Please contact us for more info at info@e-seniorservices.com.