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Caring for patients as they approach death is difficult, but working together with family and a hospice team to help people on this final journey is a rare privilege that few experience. Instead of feeling pressed to cure a patient when you know you can't, you can put your full effort into helping the person die a good death. Many specialties can work together to provide for physical, emotional, spiritual and family needs. In addition, understanding the nature and complexity of grief and bereavement is essential to providing the best overall care.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overall and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

    This program describes the importance of a team of professionals and family coming together to give calm and reassuring care to terminally ill patients. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Basics of Hospice Care
  • Family Issues
  • As Death Approaches
  • Basics of Team Care
  • Meeting Emotional Needs
  • Supporting the Family
  • Supporting the Caretakers
  • Forms of Grief
  • Finding Objectives
  • Dealing With Dying Children
  • Spiritual Concerns
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an understanding of the importance of a team approach to end-of-life care, and dealing with bereavement issues in end-of-life care.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Explain the basics of hospice care.
  • Describe four key area the hospice team need to be aware of when working with family members providing care.
  • Identify the signs of approaching death.
  • Identify the basic issues of working together as a hospice team.
  • Describe the kinds of needs that the team can meet.
  • Clarify how the team can support the family.
  • Describe how the team can support one another.
  • LIst the various forms or stages grief can take.
  • Describe helping patients find objectives to help them cope.
  • Differentiate death and dying in children and teens.
  • Outline how the team can support one another.

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