August 22nd, 2011
Resident Rights in Long Term Care Facilities
A number of people in society feel that as people begin to age that they need to be placed into a long term care facility. While some caregivers believe that residents should have limited rights, resident rights are a necessity in a long term care setting and incorporate values and ethics. Resident rights provide privacy and confidentiality for the resident they promote quality of life and set standard rules for a caregiver to follow. In a professional setting such as a long term care facility, professional values and ethics are an absolute necessity. Sometimes the definition of values and ethics is unclear. Professional values and ethics are a set of moral principles and standards of conduct, supporting the moral prestige of professional groups in society. The tasks of professional ethics are to identify moral standards and assessments, judgments and concepts, and characterize people as representatives of a particular profession. Professional ethics develop norms, standards, and requirements that are typical to certain activities. There are many types of professional ethics; some being: medical ethics, educational ethics, scholar ethics, entrepreneur ethics, engineer ethics and more. The different ethics are determined by the customs of the activity and have their own specific requirements (Professional Ethics Report, 2009) In a long term care facility, resident rights provide guidelines for the residents, the care givers, visitors, and everyone else involved. Within the rights, the most important are the ones that benefit the residents as they are the main subject in the matter. Listed below are the main and most important resident rights that are followed in a long term care facility: •Privacy: You have the right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights,...