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Here is the Older Adult Competency that you will demonstrate:

Guide older adults and their families/caregivers in making complex decisions that arise with aging.

 

Here are components that help build this Complex Decisions competency:

  • Analyze complex issues that arise in care of older adults (e.g., refusal of treatment, advance directives), using ethical and legal principles.
  • Guide older adults and their families/caregivers to weigh the opportunities and constraints of supportive living arrangements on function and independence.
  • Assist older adults, families, and caregivers to understand and balance "every day" autonomy and safety decisions.
  • Follow standards of care to prevent, recognize, and report elder mistreatment.
  • Plan strategies for working within the context of competing autonomies in families.
  • Balance the benefits and burdens of various interventions when working with older adults and their families/caregivers.
Go to the Complex Decisions Competency Learning Activities.
Go to the Complex Decisions Competency Demonstration.

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