This session will discuss the special care needs of the actively dying resident, the special care needs of those in the last few hours to days of life, and review the barriers to meeting those needs. An interdisciplinary protocol developed at the Gouverneur Skilled Nursing Facility will be presented as an example of a successful model to overcome these barriers.
Identify four common physical findings associated with active dying.
Recognize five common institutional barriers to provision of optimal care for the actively dying.
Strategize solutions to overcome these barriers in their institutions.
Recognize how the actively dying phase may affect the care planning for different members of the interdisciplinary team.