In this session, representatives of three geographically diverse palliative care programs will provide a panel discussion on the benefits of integrating palliative care into geriatric practice in LTC facilities.
Dr. Kathleen Unroe will describe the OPTIMISTIC Project, an innovative initiative developed by researchers and clinicians from Indiana University.
Dr. Howard Guzik will explain how the physician-driven palliative care program he directs for patients in a sub-acute rehabilitation center and LTC facilities housed within a large health care network in the metropolitan New York area has transformed care for residents of these facilities.
Rikki Hooper, FNP, will then introduce the palliative care program she manages in multiple skilled nursing facility sites across several counties in rural North Carolina.
The three presenters will discuss the “nuts and bolts” of implementing palliative care services in LTC settings and will share with participants their approaches to staffing, training, care coordination, and reimbursement, along with challenges and opportunities.
This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to compare programs, explore with presenters the details of their designs, and identify elements applicable to their own programs.
Explain how three approaches to integrating palliative care into LTC settings can reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations of residents of skilled nursing facilities.
Describe three administrative and staffing considerations for integrating palliative care in LTC settings and how relationships between staff in LTC facilities and palliative care providers intersect.
Discuss service feature details of three models for delivering palliative care in LTC settings.
Apply at least three strategies learned in this session to their own programs.