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Session Description: This session will describe steps needed to implement a palliative care program in a nursing home including common barriers and methods to overcome them. We will present pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for frequent end-of-life symptoms which can be easily administered in the nursing home. We will review both nationwide data about the use of palliative care in the nursing homes and New York state data about clinician’s perceptions about palliative care in the nursing home. We will discuss ways to improve availability of palliative care and to expand it to under-served nursing home residents and patients. The session will conclude with small group discussions led by facilitators regarding key aspects of implementation.
Explain the benefits of palliative care programs in Nursing Homes and how to address barriers in implementation.
Demonstrate how palliative care can provide highly effective pain and symptom management to a vulnerable population, while support nursing staff and family members and reducing hospital admissions and improving nursing home documentation.
Describe nationwide and statewide data about the current implementation of palliative care in nursing homes as well as perception of palliative care in the nursing home setting.
Discuss pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments of end of life symptom management that can be easily administered in the nursing home.
Speaker(s): Paula E. Lester, MD Melissa L. Martin, MD, MPH, CMD James Lolis, MD James Palmer, MSW, LSCW