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Dementia End-of-Life and Hospice: Focus on Aggressive Comfort Care


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Full course description




Self-Paced 2 Hours





What you'll learn:

This module will describe the clinical signs and symptoms of end-stage dementia; preparing for death; priorities and goals of care; risk and benefits of treatment; assessment and intervention; care for the caregiver.

Learning Objectives:

  • List features associated with end-stage dementia and identify the most common cause of death.
  • Describe medical, behavioral, and functional issues associated with end-stage dementia.
  • Describe education and support needs, end-of-life planning, and lifestyle changes for the person with end-stage dementia and their family.
  • Explain the nursing process and outcomes with implications in caring for the person with end-stage dementia and their families.

This is one of five modules in the Caring for Person’s with Alzheimer’s disease and Other Related Dementias and their Families Across the Continuum of Care Series. The overall purpose of the series is to increase the knowledge and skills of nursing and other health care professionals to enable them to facilitate optimal dementia care and family support during all stages of the illness.

This series was made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

What you'll do:

Self-paced voice-enhanced PowerPoint presentations, videos, interactive learning activities, references, call to action, post-test and evaluation.

Who is this course designed for:

Nurses and health care providers in clinical and academic settings. Content may also be of interest and helpful for patients, family members, caregivers and the general public.

What you’ll receive:

Verification of Completion stating title of course and number of hours to complete.

No continuing nursing education contact hours are provided for this course.

About the instructor

Maribeth Gallagher, DrNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Maribeth Gallagher serves as dementia program director for the largest non-profit hospice in the U.S., Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ. As a doctorally prepared and board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, her accomplishments in the development of unique clinical and educational approaches to dementia care have been recognized by numerous awards from regional, national (Visiting Nurses Association of America (2012), and international organizations (International Journal of Palliative Nursing, London, 2012). Dr. Gallagher is a national policy (U.S. Dementia Care Initiative Expert Consensus Panel, 2012) and project consultant (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Dementia Care Guidelines). Her publications provide evidence-based, feasible and affordable approaches for various types of dementia caregiving challenges. Dr. Gallagher recently co-authored an Evidence Based Practice guideline update on bathing persons with dementia (2013) for the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at the University of Iowa.

The value and effectiveness of Dr. Gallagher’s contributions are demonstrated by a sustainable Medicare-reimbursed, innovative, evidence-based, interdisciplinary, hospice dementia program model that has positively impacted thousands of patients with dementia, their families, and professional caregivers.