Medicine is routinely thought of as a practice that saves lives. But in cases of chronic disease and terminal conditions, patients often need comfort and palliative care—rather than a cure. There are circumstances where extending a person’s life does not guarantee an improved quality of life. So an essential part of end-of-life care is “advanced care planning” designed to improve communication among clinicians, patients and families.
Join registered nurse Melissa Abbott in this live audio conference as she explains the importance of having difficult conversations. Talking about death is hard for almost anyone, and caregivers are no exception. Learn how to initiate a conversation; how to time it right; what words and phrases to use; and what specific strategies can enhance the experience for both patients and family members reluctant to share their questions, fears, and wishes.
After attending this audio event, you will know how to use advanced care planning to open up the lines of communication with the chronically and terminally ill. You will be better equipped to initiate a care conversation that sets appropriate and achievable goals—and promotes the quality of the life a patient has left.
With this program, you will learn to:
Who Should Attend
Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.
- Michelle Crowell Coleman
Melissa is a registered nurse with experience in a variety of health care settings with the majority of her nursing experience in home health care and hospice where she was a clinician working in the field and then later became an administrator of a hospital-based home health and hospice agency. In 2017, she joined 5 Star Consultants as a home health and lead hospice consultant.