Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about any
presentation listed below!
Barbara Karnes: New Rules for End of Life Care - Barbara’s Telly Award winning New Rules for End of Life Care Kit includes a 25 minute artistic, emotion invoking DVD which explains to professionals AND families how caring for someone at the end of their life is different than caring for someone who is going to get better. The kit includes Gone from My Sight and The Eleventh Hour: A Caring Guideline for the Hours to Minutes before Death. Discussion and Q & A follow.
Advance Directives or Living Wills:
National Healthcare Decision Day April 16th
Hospice of Southwest Iowa believes in protecting the rights of our community members; therefore, this presentation discusses patient rights and how they are protected with the use of Living Wills, otherwise known as Advance Directives. The Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA), and Medical Power of Attorney are also defined and discussed. To create your own living will visit the Aging with Dignity website.
End of Life Healthcare Options or Hospice 101:
With the recent changes in Health Care, this presentation discusses and explores the role that Hospice plays in the changing landscape of health care. The month of November is designated as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Grief, Loss, and Bereavement:
This presentation, outlined by the work of Alan Wolfelt in Understanding Your Grief, defines what grief is and is not, talks about myths associated with grief, the needs of mourning, unique issues of grief and mourning, loss, common symptoms of grief, self-care, how to seek support and finally, reconciliation with grief. This subject not only pertains to grief after loss of life, but also after lost of job, relationship, limb, or other loss.
This presentation discusses types of pain, alternative treatments, and common "over-the-counter" medications to control pain. Additionally, this presentation touches lightly on presciption medications, common side effects, and describes ways to discuss your pain issues with your doctor.
In this discussion, volunteer opportunities will be explored. Many people have talents that can be shared in hospice and there are many events and areas that benefit from the 'perfect match'. Hear how you might be able to make a difference and fill a need!
We Honor Veterans:
We Honor Veterans, a program of NHPCO and VA, is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying Veterans. The program teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement- to comfort patients with a history of military service and possibly physical and psychological trauma.