Families are more complex than ever before, and this complicates many caregiving situations involving older adults. Many seniors prefer to “shack up” rather than remarry. Gay marriage is legal in many states and more LGBT families are having children. More and more non-blood-related loved ones can be considered “family” to an older adult. These changing family dynamics can create ethical dilemmas for healthcare professionals. Ethical challenges surrounding visitation, healthcare decision-making and confidentiality regarding older adults with complex family dynamics will be explored during this interactive and thought-provoking presentation.
This content is suitable for both beginning and intermediate levels. There is an introduction to reviewing the Code of Ethics which is necessary and appropriate for beginners. It also applies to intermediate levels as it expands upon the introductory level, focusing on the ethical dilemmas that arise and how to best work to manage these situations.
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP, Jenerations Health Education
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP is the founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., a full service healthcare education organization. With over 20+ years experience in healthcare, Jennifer is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program. Her mission is to help healthcare organizations and professionals grow while empowering patients and their caregivers.
Jennifer appears frequently in the media and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, Sirius XM and in Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post and many more. A member of the National Speakers Association, she is one of less than 800 Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) worldwide. Her first book, Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One helps family caregivers and is also a resource for healthcare professionals who want to set better boundaries with patients.
Jennifer is primarily a keynote speaker at national conferences but also offers private programs to corporations, government and non-profit organizations For more information on keynote speaking, please click here.
When she’s not speaking and writing, Jennifer loves boating with her husband Sean. In nautical circles her claim to fame is being the Chesapeake Bay’s least talented first mate. Having grown up in the Philadelphia area, her secret talent is parallel parking.