Four Quick Questions
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is launching a new series of articles called “Four Quick Questions” highlighting the education offerings at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition. In each article, a lead faculty member provides answers to the same four questions regarding a specific education session.
Today's four quick questions are from Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN, Dementia Program Director, Hospice of the Valley talking about her session: 604: How to Create a "Dementia Capable" Hospice Team: Raising the Bar
1. What current issues do the sessions address?
MG: As burgeoning numbers of people with end-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias continue to rise, hospices are challenged with how best to serve these patients and their families. The traditional hospice model based on cancer care falls short of meeting the unique disease-specific needs of both patients with dementia and their loved ones. In response to this pressing need, Hospice of the Valley created a dementia program in 2003 that continues to thrive using evidence-based approaches. This session will provide an overview of the dementia program’s ongoing efforts to improve the interdisciplinary teams’ abilities to address the modifiable factors associated with better outcomes for people with advanced dementia and their families.
2. What is the most important insight or skill that attendees will take away from the sessions?
MG: Raising the bar to become a dementia capable hospice is both feasible and affordable, but requires time and committed leadership skills to educate and support all members of the hospice team so that they can bring the best of themselves to provide evidence-based dementia care and serve patients and families with excellence.
3. Who would these sessions most benefit?
MG: Anyone interested in current best practices in palliative dementia care, particularly those who work in hospice leadership and clinical care.
4. How would you best describe these sessions in 140 characters or less?
MG: It is feasible for all hospices to become more dementia capable in order to ease suffering and optimize quality of life for people with end-stage dementia and their families.