Sample Workshop for Caregivers

When caregivers come together with professionals and listen and share with one another, better patient centered care is the result. Dr. Katie Eastman will provide your staff the opportunity on the first day to become more familiar with:

The dynamics of working with seriously ill patients. Participants will:

-increase their knowledge of what a patient frequently fears and how to provide comfort
-increased knowledge of how to communicate both verbally and non- verbally with a patient during all phases of an illness
– increased understanding of how family dynamics influence care team dynamics and what to do to minimize the negative impact
– better understanding of anticipatory grief and how it manifests in seriously ill patients and what to say to support them
– understanding of the choices seriously ill patients make and how to support them in decision making.

The dynamics of End-of life and how patients experience the transition from seriously ill to dying. Participants will learn:

– to understand how impending death impacts relationships and how to support and advocate for the patient
– how to understand as a caregiver how impending death impacts we as professionals and our own grief
– how a dying patient affects the morale of the caregiving team and how to acknowledge, honor and remember those who die
– how to encourage a peaceful deathbed how to make any deserting feel like home
– how to support patient in identifying where and how they wish to die and what questions they may have about what to expect
– a better understanding of Five Wishes and other resources in making informed choices about informed consent and end-of-life planning
– improved knowledge of how to remain present at time of death with patients and families

The palliative care team approach to care: assessing, understanding and meeting the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families from the time of diagnosis to end-of-life. Participants will:

– improve their knowledge of the basic principles of palliative care
– improve their knowledge of how to assess a patient’s spiritual needs
– improve their understanding of how physical pain is impacted by spiritual and emotional pain
– improve the knowledge of how to create an interdisciplinary team approach to caring for patients
– improved understanding of how to engage the community in providing ongoing support for patients and families

Pediatrics: caring for seriously ill children. Participants will:

– improve their understanding of the developmental issues impacting seriously ill children
– increase their knowledge of how to communicate with children and teens
– increase their understanding of the complex family dynamics when a child is sick.