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Establish and maintain an on-going dialogue involving everyone involved or concerned about the particular issue

2014: Ethical dilemmas faced by carers and people with dementia

Try to involve everyone who is legitimately concerned or affected by the ethical dilemma in discussions about it. It may seem clear that it is the problem of the person with dementia or the carer. However, the involvement of other people can sometimes be the key to a favourable outcome. On the other hand, depending on the issue and the situation, input from some people is likely to be more relevant and should carry more weight than that from others.

It may help to have a neutral person “chair” the discussions such as a friend, relative, social worker or representative from a religious community. This is particularly important where the person with dementia, rather than a carer, is faced with an ethical dilemma as they may have difficulties with memory, communication and organisation. Having a chairperson may help ensure that no one dominates the discussion or acts disrespectfully towards others. It may also encourage quieter people to speak.



Last Updated: Monday 08 February 2016