Engaging resident has made everyone happy with decision
Almonte Country Haven staff members recently faced an ethical issue when a resident with a terminal illness made a request to not have a feeding tube inserted once the illness reaches an advanced stage.
After the resident made this request, administrator Marilyn Colton, staff members, the home’s physician, the resident’s family and the resident met to discuss the issue.
The decision was that a feeding tube would not be used once the resident reaches the end-of-life stage. Instead, staff members are to use comfort measures.
“We listened to what the resident’s preferences were; the resident was very adamant about what they wanted and what they didn’t want, so it was really a very simple conference,” Colton tells The OMNIway.
All the options of what the staff members could do were explained to the resident to help with the decision, Colton says.
She notes the resident feels that inserting a feeding tube would impede on quality of life and therefore is not an option to be considered.
Almonte Country Haven, like OMNI Health Care’s other 17 long-term care homes, is dedicated to serving residents’ wishes, and knowing that the resident is happy with the decision makes staff members happy, too, Colton says.
“It was an easy ethical issue to work with and everybody felt really good afterwards,” she adds. “We are meeting the resident’s needs by doing what the resident wants us to do.”
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