Using Multidisciplinary Teams to Address Ethical Dilemmas With Older Adults Who Hoard
Koenig, Terry L.
Journal of Gerontological Social Work 2010 February; 53(2): 137-147
Multidisciplinary teams, representing professionals from diverse disciplines, are often involved in addressing difficult ethical dilemmas as they work with older adults who hoard (e.g., resolving conflicts between the older adult's freedom to engage in hoarding behaviors versus individual or public safety). The purpose of this article is threefold: (a) to explore the current use of hoarding task force or team interventions to address ethical dilemmas that occur within hoarding cases; (b) to propose an ethical decision making framework for use by teams and others; and (c) to discuss practice implications for hoarding teams in implementing this ethical decision making framework.
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