At Good Samaritan Hospice, we believe that education and partnership with our community is essential to the success of our services. For this reason, we offer a number of facilitated programs and in-services on a variety of topics relevant to your organization, practice or facility. These special programs are offered free of charge to:
- Nursing facilities
- Assisted living communities
- Churches, synagogues, houses of worship and faith groups
- Civic and professional oOrganizations
- Hospitals and medical clinics
Our programs are available during in-service hours for both medical and nursing facilities.
- Hospice 101
A brief overview of what hospice is, who is eligible for hospice services, how to find the right hospice, who pays for services and much more.
- 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.
- Empowerment Skills for Leaders in Healthcare
Team leaders, supervisors and directors are constantly faced with new challenges in the workplace. Therefore, they spend a lot of time “putting out fires” rather than nurturing a sense of excellence and satisfaction among employees. Designed for those with leadership responsibilities, this workshop provides leaders with strategies for fostering a positive team spirit while recognizing individual “stars.”
- Compassion Fatigue: Inviting Your Demons to Tea
Designed for personal and professional caregivers, this workshop looks at the external and internal contributors to fatigue and burnout. Participants are encouraged to revisualize their goals as caregivers and identify the “hooks” that make them feel ineffective. Suggestions for restoring balance and re-energizing are explored.
- Talking to Families about Hospice
Discusses ways to introduce the concept of hospice to families in a comfortable and natural way. Highlights cues that patients and families give that indicate they are ready for hospice care.
- Dealing with the Challenging Individual or Family
Encourages administrators and staff to think about stressful relationships in more creative, flexible ways that get us “unstuck” and foster healthy resolutions.
- The Volunteer’s Role in Hospice
A brief overview of the “team” concept of care and the variety of ways that volunteers can be part of that team by supporting staff, patients, families and/or hospice projects.
- Old Age Ain’t For Sissies
A fresh and engaging talk on getting older: the downside and the upside of biological, emotional and spiritual changes so common to aging. Helps participants to distinguish between grief and depression and grow more aware of effective ways to cope with life stressors.
- What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Healing From Grief and Loss
Involves participants in creative ways to assess and heal from the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual impact of grief in both our personal and professional lives. Discussion also contrasts factors that shrink the coping range with those that tend to expand our ability to cope.
- Psychological Aspects of Death and Dying
Explores various aspects of the mental, emotional and spiritual transition that occurs at the end of life. Looks at opportunities for growth as well as challenges to inner peace.
- Staying in Touch: Communication and Relationship Skills with Those Coping with a Life-limiting Illness
Offers insight and suggestions for staying connected when life-limiting illness touches those we care for personally or professionally.
- What Children Teach Us About Grief
Addresses recent research about children’s responses to loss and how children tend to move through their grief. Also gives helpful pointers on supporting children during and after the death of a loved one.
- Five Wishes: Your Choice, Your Life
This workshop uses the state Advance Directive and the Five Wishes Advance Directive to explore decisions about healthcare and estate planning. An elder law attorney and a hospice representative guide participants through materials designed to help them make their own choices about end-of-life care.
- Ways to Reorganize and Re-energize Ourselves as Caregivers
Helps family caregivers to learn and use tools to reduce the personal toll of caring for those with illness.
- Partnering with Your Doctor
A commonsense approach to getting the most from your doctor visit in this day of 7 minute visits. Includes discussion of record-keeping, asking questions, and helpful tools such as appointment and medication logs.
Spiritual Care Topics
- Praying with People Who Have Life-Limiting Illnesses
A look at the emotional and spiritual comfort prayer can bring and how we can strike a balance between praying for a physical cure and praying for spiritual healing in the face of death.
- Life Review and Reminiscence: Finding Meaning in Life’s Journey
Guidelines for helping people review life’s journey and a look at how to assist them in discovering the meaningful events and people who have been a part of it.
- Spiritual Growth in the Midst of Grief and Bereavement
A discussion of how grief and bereavement can “birth” spiritual growth for those who struggle to cope with death.
- Spiritual Perspectives on Advance Directives
A look at the ethical and spiritual issues around the use of artificial feeding and hydration for the elderly and for the terminally ill person.
- The Role of Faith Communities in Hospice
A discussion of how faith communities can confront the issues of death and dying, assist people in getting the care they need and become an active participant in hospice care.
- Affirming Life Series
Ongoing series of talks with a variety of speakers organized around a theme of interest and tailored to meet specific needs (e.g. end-of-life issues, staff education, stress reduction, etc.), while integrating techniques to improve quality of life. A combination of the programs listed under community education may also be used to structure this series.