- As Death Nears: What to Expect and How to Respond
Explores the physical/emotional changes that we usually see as death draws near, as well as helpful responses to those changes.
- Consideration of End-of-Life Issues
Discusses the broader pros and cons of IV, tube feedings and aggressive treatments in the final stages of illness and decline.
- Pain and Symptom Management/Assessment Skills
An in-depth look at the importance of a good pain and symptom assessment, what it should consist of and what can be used to manage symptoms, e.g. shortness of breath, anxiety and constipation.
- Introduction to Pain Medications
Discusses medications frequently used in Palliative Care – “the good, the bad and the ugly.”
- The Hospice Team in Facilities
Explores the partnership between hospice and facility staff to develop a comprehensive plan of care that will allow a terminally ill patient to be given the best possible care and comfort measures. Special attention is given to the role of the Home Health Aide/CNA.
- Alternatives to the Emergency Room: Facility/Family Education BEFORE a Crisis
A brief look at what terminally ill patients can expect if admitted to an emergency room versus what can be provided in the patient’s home or a nursing facility when facing an emergency situation.