Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Ethics in caregiving services for people with serious intellectual disabilities

Begoña Román

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This article questions the reason behind ethics in caregiving services for people with serious intellectual disabilities, the reasons changes have taken place in medicine, in the kinds of illnesses, social changes and changes in how hospitality is envisioned, which lead us to reconsider the usual way of doing things, the traditional morals on which their treatment has been based. However, the traditional ways of dealing with those disabled individuals have also become obsolete and are ethically reproachable: based on charity and beneficence, goodwill and paternalism, if not on ignorance and vulnerability.

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