A Moral Compass in Navigating Long-Term Care Decisions in New Jersey

Facilitating dispute resolution within long-term care ethics committees

The New Jersey Office for the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly in Trenton, N.J., in collaboration with the Stein Ethics Network at the Cooper Health System in Camden, N.J., developed and organized the New Jersey Long-Term Care Ethics Network.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives program (for more information see Program Results).

Key Results:

  • The statewide network of 15 regional long-term care ethics committees, trained members and long-term care professionals from 1998 through 2002.
  • The network provides each of New Jersey's 365 nursing homes and assisted living facilities with access to a regional long-term care ethics committee for consultation on difficult ethical issues pertaining to residents and their families.

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