Home Health & Hospice

Insider's scoop | Ethical dilemmas

Homecare Insider, July 25, 2016

Editor’s note: This week’s Insider’s scoop is from Home Health Aide On-the-Go In-service Series, Volume 15. This perennial resource includes 12 informative, one-hour in-service training lessons addressing top home health concerns. Click here for more information.

Ethical standards are part of everything you do as an aide. Understanding basic ethical standards helps you care for patients appropriately while also meeting the agency’s employee standards. It’s also important to understand how your agency includes those in its policies. Read your job description and ask questions about any requirements you don’t understand.

Avoid any appearance of unethical behavior by keeping careful records of the care that you’ve provided, the time it took, and the mileage you drove. Complete agency forms immediately after providing care or completing a trip to a patient’s home. Studies have shown that accuracy decreases as time passes between performing an activity and documenting the activity.

When you understand agency policies and standards, you will be better prepared to make good decisions about the care you provide, as well as to respond properly to unexpected situations.