The National Center on Elder Abuse has identified seven categories of elder abuse. The ethical dilemmas that could arise in relation to Euthanasia, Suicide or Assisted Suicide are what you should approach.
The seven types of elder abuse identified by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, financial abuse, neglect, abandonment and self-neglect. The act of physically abusing an elderly person includes hitting, kicks or other forms of violence. Sexual abuse involves any unwanted sexual contact with an elderly person while emotional/psychological abuse is when someone inflicts mental distress on them through threats, intimidation or humiliation. Financial exploitation is the unlawful use of another’s assets for personal gain while neglect is the failure to provide necessary care or services that would protect an individual from harm. When a caregiver suddenly abandons a patient who is in dire need of their assistance, and when an older person fails to adequately care for themselves, it’s called abandonment.
It is crucial that everyone involved in ethical decisions related to suicide and assisted suicide considers multiple points of view before taking any action. Healthcare professionals must ensure all parties have the information they need to make an informed decision about how to improve their lives. Also, it is important to consider both the best interests and those of their families when making end-of life decisions. This will ensure that all parties feel respected and heard in this time.