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May 12, 2023 - 35th Annual WVNEC Symposium at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV. 


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Registration is currently closed for the program.


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October 26, 2022 - The Ethical Dilemma of the Sandwich Generation:  Should we allow the elderly disabled patient to live alone?

The first webinar in this series WVNEC will address one of the major ethical challenges of the sandwich generation and those providing health care for older patients, “Should the disabled older person be allowed to (or discharged to) live alone if that is her/his preference?”

Older patients are prone to falls. Many may be too weak to get up by themselves and unable to summon help. They may not be found for hours to days. Healthcare professionals are responsible to ensure safe discharges and may worry about an older person’s safety when discharged to live alone, especially if they were hospitalized after a fall. Their children in the sandwich generation— that is, those who have a living parent age 65 or older and are either raising a child under age 18 or supporting a grown child—struggle to honor their parent’s independence while worrying about their safety and health.

The really tough ethical question to be addressed in this WVNEC presentation is, when older persons have decision-making capacity, when, if ever, should their request to stay in their own home alone be overridden? If it should not be overridden, what should be done?


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WVNEC would really appreciate your input and requests concerning educational opportunities.  What do you want to learn, discuss, or practice? Do you want lectures, case discussions, policy sharing?  Whatever it is, let us know, and we will do what we can to make distance learning/sharing as interesting and educational as possible.

For additional information or suggestions for future webinars, contact Linda McMillen at lmcmillen@hsc.wvu.edu or 304-293-7618.