Ethics Committee and Principles of Practice

Our Ethics Committee

The Direction Home Ethics Committee assists our organization, our employees, our community, and those we serve to navigate the gray areas and decision making between right and wrong. The Committee provides a structure that systematically explores concerns in an unbiased way and provides recommendations for difficult decisions.

Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities (DHAD) believes that anyone involved in the care of an individual should be able to request a clinical ethics consultation whenever there is an ethical concern. 

Clinical ethics consultations are provided by the clinical ethics committee (EC) and incorporates four core objectives relative to the situations for which it is requested:

  1. To help identify, clarify, and foster an appreciation of relevant ethical values and goals
  2. To promote good communication and understanding of pertinent issues, alternatives, decisions, and likely outcomes
  3. To facilitate resolution of ethical conflicts, concerns, problems, or dilemmas
  4. To assist in cultivating an environment in which paying attention to ethical dimensions of healthcare is encouraged, supported, and expected


If you have a question or concern that may be related to an ethical issue, please contact the Ethics Committee by completing this intake form. Any questions and intake forms can be sent to All information will remain confidential.

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