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Research Article  |   July 1991
Long-Term Care of the Aged: Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions
Author Affiliations
  • Jeffrey L. Crabtree, OTR, is President of ElderServe, 53 Alexander Way, Suisun City, California 94585
  • Laura M. Caron-Parker, OTR, is Southern California Project Manager, IHC Therapy Management, Orange, California
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Ethics / Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities / Practice
Research Article   |   July 1991
Long-Term Care of the Aged: Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1991, Vol. 45, 607-612. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.7.607
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1991, Vol. 45, 607-612. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.7.607
Abstract

This article identifies the need to rethink beliefs and assumptions about the bioethics of long-term care of elderly people. An unconventional way of conceptualizing autonomy is explored that may help occupational therapists support and maintain the independence of older frail and dependent persons. In addition, the partnership model of bioethics is introduced – that is, an ethical framework that makes partners of family members in health care decisions affecting the older adult.