This session will present a panel discussion by three nursing home experts, moderated by Meg Jones-Monteiro, MPH.
Dr. Diane Meier, that demonstrates how integrating palliative care into geriatric practice transforms a nursing home culture to create a humane, secure, and meaningful environment for all residents.
Anna Ortigara, RN, MS, FAAN, a leader in the Pioneer Network and cultural change movement in nursing homes, will explain the difference between palliative care and hospice and how person-directed living and staff empowerment is foundational to creating meaningful and supportive culture in long-term care settings and leads to deep and sustaining culture transformation in nursing homes; she will identify ways to access related tools and resources.
Tena Alonzo will describe how the innovative Comfort Matters® program in Phoenix, an education and research program based on palliative care practices, has transformed residentially-based care for people with advanced dementia. She will explain how bringing comfort to people with dementia happens through the implementation of specific care practices and through the processes used to implement these practices. Ann Wyatt, from CaringKind in New York City, will introduce a program implemented in three New York City nursing homes that is modeled after Comfort Matters®. She will describe how the New York project has improved the quality of life for residents with advanced dementia and how introducing palliative care strategies for residents with dementia in the project nursing homes has resulted in the adoption of these practices for other nursing home residents.
The intended audience includes nursing home administrators, clinicians, and direct-care staff.
Explain why the integration of palliative care strategies into geriatric practice increases quality of care for all residents of nursing homes (regardless of prognosis), what outcomes are affected by palliative care delivery, and how palliative care is cost effective.
Describe how to integrate palliative care strategies and best practices into their geriatric practice and how to access palliative care tools, technical assistance, and training resources.
Implement palliative care practices in nursing homes for all residents, based on need and independent of prognosis, including residents with advanced dementia.