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Discussion: After reviewing the
case below, take the Code of Ethics and make a decision as to whether
you believe the actions the social worker took were justified. Where did
you find the standards in the Code of Ethics that supported your
decision? Explain your reasons and discuss what the best ethical course
of action is.
Mr. P. is a 78-year-old man who has
just been discharged from the hospital. He lives in an apartment by
himself. His brother lives in his own apartment in the same building.
You are a hospice social worker. It is Friday at 3:30 p.m. and you are
visiting with Mr. P. to complete an initial psychosocial assessment.
During your assessment, you conclude that it is not safe for Mr.
P. to be by himself because he is unable to meet his own self-care
needs. Since he appears very weak, it is very difficult for him to get
out of bed on his own and he has no caregiver. You
discuss your concerns with Mr. P. He appears alert and oriented to
person, place, and time, and strongly declines any assistance. He states
that he is not agreeable to move to an assisted living facility or
nursing home. Even if Mr. P. agreed to some type of outside assistance,
it would be impossible to have services in place in the next 2 days. You suggest to Mr. P. that maybe his brother could check in with him over the weekend, but Mr.
P. insists that he will be fine by himself and requests that you not
inform his brother. His sister, who lives out of state, will not be
available to help for several days. Would you break confidentiality and
ask his brother to check in on Mr. P. over the weekend?
Yes ______ No _______