Ethical Code of Conduct for a Long-Term-Care Facility

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Ethical code of conduct for a Long-Term-Care Facility
Professor Tamara D. Smith
April 8, 2012

The code of conduct for a Long Term Care Facility is a guideline and procedure for personal conduct for those working in that kind of facility. To preserve the highest standard of care using integrity and ethical standards, code of ethics or code of conduct are the foundations that most long term care facility based their business principle. It is the responsibility of all parties including upper management to the lowest employee to avoid going against conducts that are specifically stated in the code of ethics.

The healthcare field encompasses different areas and specialty. Most common is the hospital or emergency room. When most people think about the health care the first thing that comes in mind is the doctor’s office, hospital or the emergency room. However, the health care means treatment, prevention or diagnosis of diseases by a health care professional or facility. All these services can be provided by professionals in medicine, allied health, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and chiropractic. Mostly, patients receive care in number of different health care organizations which include an acute-care hospital, surgery center, behavioral health center, specialty hospital, long-term care facility and out-patient center (Darr, 2002). These different branches of health care organizations have different ways of operation, code of conduct and ways of running the organizations. A long term care facility will be operated differently from a specialty hospital or surgery center because of the types of services that is rendered. Most organizations have code of conduct and ethics that everybody in the organization has to follow. A code of conduct serves as a set of behavior stands for everybody associated in an organization. The code of conduct will contain certain standards of behavior for the organizations between the employer, employees and their professional relationship with the public and the public it serves (Bardetti & Moriarty2009). A professional code of conduct is essential for all heath care workers because of the depth of inside access and protected medical and financial information that health care workers are privy to. Therefore, all healthcare workers are supposed to uphold the code of conduct or ethics which brings integrity to the field of health care. This paper is going to focus on code of ethics for a long term care facility organization including those in management, support and professional roles. Nearly all health care organizations will have a similar type of code of conduct but there will be slight differences due to the type of health care facility. A long-term-care facility or (LTC) is a type of facility that caters to the medical and non-medical needs of patients with disability or chronic type of diseases. A long term care facility may also be a facility that takes care of elderly patients who are unable to take care of themselves and needs the full time specialized care from professionals. A long term care facility does more to its clients and patients more than other specialties. For instance, in a long term care facilities, providers assist the clients with daily living tasks like dressing, bathing and sometimes feeding. Also, long term care may involve providing medical care that requires the skills of professionals to address the issues of chronic diseases that comes with natural aging. In the U.S, the majority of long term care is in formal places that offer services which include living quarters for patients who need daily and on the clock medical supervision, professional health services and other necessary care like meals, housekeeping, laundry and personal care. The most common name for this type of facility is a nursing home or home for the aged. Sometimes, long term care services can be provided in the patient’s home which is known as home health care but the focus of this paper will...
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