This session presents an overview of practical approaches to communication, advance care planning, and assessment and control of pain and other distressing symptoms experienced by patients in long term care.
Define palliative care as it relates to each resident within the long term care setting
Identify organizational barriers to palliative care in the long term care setting
Describe comprehensive assessment and treatment of pain in the long term setting
Examine a systematic approach to assessing and managing pain and non-pain symptoms
Choose communication skills that best match patient and family needs for acquiring and assessing information
Enhance communication with patients, families, and caregivers