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Ethical Dilemma and Life IssuesNameClassDateProfessorEthical Dilemma and Life Issues In this case a nursing home, Sunnybrook, has recently received several complaints concerning physical and verbal abuse and the neglect of their elderly patients. Sunnybrook is a retire community that also includes a long term care facility. Patients in this facility have complained to their families about abuse by the nursing staff and there is apparent neglect of the elderly patient. Patients complain of bed sores and family members have noticed inadequate sanitation and poor hygienic care of patients as well as there have been an increased number of preventable accidents and cases of dehydration. The dayshift nurses have made the same observations as family members and blame the night shift nurses for the abuse and neglect. In a recent report by Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee the findings it was discovered that abuse of the elderly occurs in thirty percent of all nursing homes (Ruppe, 2008). In a three year period from 1999-2001 there were over 9,000 reported cases of elder abuse. The abuse has resulted in physical and mental harm to the patient as well as poor health outcomes. Elderly patients are more vulnerable than most patients because they depend on the medical staff in their long term care facility for all of their needs. The elderly patient will also fear the repercussions of reporting the abuse or neglec

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