Let’s Talk About It: Tough Legal and Ethical Issues in LTC

Members:  $95 each or sign up for all 5 sessions for $425 (save $50) 
Non-Members:  $140 each or sign up for all 5 sessions for $650 (save $50)

Long term care homes are often challenged with meeting the needs and expectations of a diverse group of residents, caregivers and health care professionals. At the same time, they must comply with legislative and regulatory requirements. Enhance and update your knowledge of current legal and ethical issues in long term care, from managing family expectations to dealing with abuse and sexual expression. Learn to use a legislative and ethical lens to get to the core of common dilemmas and resolve them through best practices.

Webinar 1
January 17, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


  Addressing Challenging Resident and Family Expectations
Participants will be taken through common issues such as the scope of the substitute decision maker’s (SDM) authority and disagreements between SDMs, which Power of Attorney for property document should be relied on, advocacy versus abusive behaviour, and respecting a resident’s choices when family members disagree. We’ll discuss the role of family councils and a legal framework for family involvement. 

Mary Jane Dykeman, Partner, DDO Health Law
Webinar 2
January 30, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


  Ethical Care When Resources Are Tight
How can homes deliver high quality care when resources and staff are limited? This session will consider how staff and health care professionals can fulfil their ethical duty to help residents achieve their optimal level of health while also facing difficult resource allocation choices. Participants will learn how to balance individual rights with community benefits and pick up strategies for allocating scarce resources.

Jennifer Gibson, Sunlife Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director, University of Toronto

Webinar 3
February 12, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


  Ethical and Legal Issues in Financial Elder Abuse
Elder abuse may be explicit, or it may occur more quietly. Get an overview on different types of elder abuse, specifically the legal and ethical issues relating to the financial abuse of older adults, who is at risk and what to look for. We’ll work through case examples, provide assessment tools and practical intervention strategies for long term care homes, discuss responsibilities and barriers to reporting, and highlight current legislation and available provincial resources.

Christine Chan,
GTA Regional Consultant, Elder Abuse Ontario

Graham Webb, Lawyer, Executive Director, Advocacy Centre Elderly


Webinar 4
February 28, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


  Sexual Behaviour and Physical Intimacy in LTC: Combining Ethical and Clinical Best Practice Principles
Challenge your understanding and biases around human sexuality and intimacy among older adults. Pick up tips and strategies for handling intimacy and sexuality in long term care while remaining regulation-compliant. This session will discuss approaches for assessing sexual behaviour and how to manage the behaviour while meeting legal and clinical obligations. Understanding sexual behaviour among people with dementia will also be discussed.

Dr. Lori Schindel Martin, Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Andria Bianchi,
Clinician-Scientist Bioethicist, University Health Network
Webinar 5
March 27, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


  Sexuality and Gender Expression in LTC
LGBTQ2 seniors may fear renewed discrimination when they enter the LTC setting. Understand how to care for LGBTQ2 seniors and accommodate a diversity of sexual and gender expression among residents. We will discuss best practices around creating inclusive spaces and programs in LTC homes and highlight the importance of recognizing intersectionality – when people face more than one type of discrimination, such as ageism and homophobia. This session will also discuss sexual consent, capacity and whether substitute decision makers have a say.

leZlie Lee Kam
, Egale Canada


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