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Reflect together on possible outcomes which might be good or bad for different people concerned, bearing in mind their lived experiences

2014: Ethical dilemmas faced by carers and people with dementia

Think about the range of outcomes which might result from different courses of action in relation to the specific people affected (e.g. their personalities, their habits, lifestyle, living arrangement, needs and wishes) rather than in terms of abstract principles. For example, in relation to issues surrounding autonomy and risk, we might ask:

  • to what extent Mr X values safety over freedom to get out and visit his friends,
  • what kinds of risks Mr X considered acceptable in the past,
  • what the likelihood is of certain accidents actually occurring,
  • what the potential benefit is to Mr X (i.e. not just the potential risk).

Work towards a resolution of the dilemma together with the relevant people involved and in accordance with your conscience.

“Where there are arguments between people of good conscience, these arguments (so long as they are reasoned and rational) are a way of moving us towards the right answer. It is not that we say we know what this is in any certain way, but we can feel our way towards it through open, tolerant discussion, navigating our way through the messy world of morals.” (Hughes and Baldwin, 2006, p. 29)

 

 
 

Last Updated: Monday 08 February 2016

 

 
 

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