Education

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 organizations
  • Hospitals and medical clinics

Listed below are several potential topics, but Good Sam will work with groups/organizations to identify specific needs and tailor presentations accordingly.  Give us a call to schedule.

General Topics:

  • Hospice 101
    Myths versus truths of hospice care
  • Medical Directives/Five Wishes
    A guide for making your wishes known
  • Music Matters!
    The enduring impact of our music preferences
  • An Exercise in Letting Go
    Examines personal feelings about death and elevates compassion for others.
  • Is it Time to Call Hospice?
    Signs that indicated hospice readiness
  • Old Age Ain’t for Sissies
    A frank look at the challenges of growing older
  • How to Care for Those Hurting
    A guide to ministering to those navigating grief and loss
  • Anticipatory Grief
    Preparing to say goodbye
  • Re-Energize & Re-organize
    Reducing compassion fatigue in caregivers
  • Hope & Hot Chocolate
    Coping with the holidays following grief and loss
  • Hospice & Dementia
    When is it time to contact hospice for someone with dementia
  • Nutrition & Hydration at the End of Life
    The patient’s physical needs and the caregiver’s need to nurture
  • As Death Nears
    What to expect when someone is close to death
  • Partnering with Your Physician
    How to work with physicians to make the most of your health care

ESPECIALLY FOR PHYSICIAN OFFICES:

  • The Role of The Attending Physician on the Hospice Team
    Addresses the partnership between the attending physician and the hospice interdisciplinary team
  • Commonly Used Medications for Hospice Patients
     An exploration of comfort medications used in hospice care
  • The MMRI-R
    An assessment tool to help determine hospice eligibility

ESPECIALLY FOR FACILITIES:

  • Phase 2 of the Mega-Rule
    How it impacts the facility/hospice partnership
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
    A look at the spectrum of disorders that affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain
  • Infection Control in the Nursing Home
    Strategies for reducing infection transmission in nursing facilities
  • End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Training
    Appropriate for nurses, aides and social workers who serve patients at end-of-life.  This nationally-recognized training offers eight main modules, many of which can be expanded for enhanced education.  The modules can be scheduled individually or as a series.  Good Sam’s certified trainers present this “gold standard” in end-of-life education according to your specific needs and schedule.  Modules include:
  • Palliative Nursing Care
  • Pain Management
  • Symptom Management
  • Ethical Issues in Palliative Care Nursing
  • Cultural and Spiritual Considerations in End of Life Care
  • Communication
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • Final Hours

For more information about our educational talks/in-services and outreach programs, please contact Director of Community Relations at 540-776-0198.