- Patients and their families need their physicians and healthcare providers to be on the end-of-life journey with them.
- Dying patients, along with their family, friends and caregivers, are dealing with challenges that threaten all aspects of their being, including the physical, emotional, and spiritual self.
- Physicians must feel knowledgeable and comfortable communicating about end-of-life realities and issues, as well as understanding how draining this can be on their physical and mental well-being.
- Agapé Hospice can provide essential information and training to community providers to improve patient contact, care, communication and conversations at the end of life.
- Gleaning valuable knowledge to understand how to navigate the end-of-life journey WITH patients and families is crucial in improving quality of life and care for patients at the end of their lives.
Available education may include:
- How to approach and conduct successful Advance Care Planning that will improve the quality of life of dying patients.
- Being equipped to discuss Preparations for Last Hours of Living, including expected physiological changes as death draws near and supporting all involved.
- Protocol for discussing treatment preferences, procedures and symptoms, as well as situations for Withholding or Withdrawing Treatments, and how to correctly approach patients and families.
- Reasons for misunderstanding about Medically Futile Treatments and how to respond with a due process approach to avoid discomfort and conflict.
- Unique problems and challenges of Compassion Fatigue and burnout among physicians and caregivers and how to reach a work-life balance to improve capability to provide quality care.