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Running Head: The Importance of Understanding the Legal Perspective 1 The Importance of Understanding the Legal Perspective Julia Shammas LTC/328 July 17, 2017 Michelle Spears The Importance of Understanding the Legal Perspective Understanding the legal perspectives of aging is paramount to all medical personnel caring for elderly; it guides organizations and health care professionals in complying with federal regulations. The course Legal Perspectives in Aging (LTC/328) taught at The University of Phoenix covers several different aspects of the legal perspective of aging such as individual rights both moral and ethical, elder abuse, age discrimination, neglect, exploitation and legal documents that can affect the rights of adults. This course is imperative for medical personnel so they can better understand and learn about the legal perspective of aging. Individual Rights No matter what a person's age is or what disabilities they have, every person should have the same rights and be treated with dignity and respect. As health care
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professionals, we are the voice for some of these elderly individuals and it's our responsibility to ensure they are taken care of in an appropriate manner. The majority of elderly abuse that does occur is by someone they love, such as a son, daughter, spouse, brother, grandchild, niece or friend. As a heath care provider, it is our duty to report when we suspect abuse is taking place in order to protect the individual from further harm. At the same time, we as professionals need to recognize what abuse is, the signs of abuse and who we need to report it to, in order to do this we need to learn about the legal perspective. Preventing Elder Abuse The course teaches about the different laws that affect the older adult population and how to complying with federal regulations. The goal for this course is to improve the elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation by using research, practicing policies and through education. According to Rights of Older Person (n.d.), "In December 1991, the United Nations adopted a set of United Nations Principles for Older Persons, recommending that all member governments incorporate them into their programs for older people" (para, 1). This is for protection from abuse such as physical, sexual, financial, psychological, social and/ or neglect. Health care professionals, are the voice for some elderly individuals and it's their responsibility to ensure the elderly are taken care of and in an appropriate manner. The majority of elderly abuse that does occur is by someone they love such as a son, daughter, spouse, brother, grandchild, niece or friend. Legal Documents The course at University of Phoenix also goes over what legal documents that can affect the rights of adults. The purpose of the Durable Power of Attorney is to designate someone of
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The Importance of Understanding the Legal Perspective 2 trust to make financial, tax and legal decisions on their behalf if they lose their decision-making capacity. This is usually used for Alzheimer's patients, those who may suffer from dementia or
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