June 01, 2014

How to Ethically Handle a Client with Cognitive Impairments

Kerry R. Peck

Sally was 69 when her doctor informed her family that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Understandably, Sally, who was a retired nurse and had raised three children with her husband, was devastated by the diagnosis. Sally consulted with her doctor to discuss her treatment options. After several discussions with her family, Sally decided that she was going to enjoy life and was determined to confront her diagnosis head on. She met with her doctor frequently and worked closely with her medical team to ensure that she could live her life as independently as possible.

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