Managing Advanced Dementia in Hospice

Managing Advanced Dementia in Hospice 

As a healthcare professional, you will likely care for people with advanced dementia, so you should have an understanding of end-of-life interventions specific to advanced dementia, including hospice services. This course will provide an in-depth discussion on the end-of-life issues related to individuals with advanced dementia. The goal of this course is to provide nursing and social work professionals in hospice with knowledge of end-of-life care in advanced dementia.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

1.25 HOURS

Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-MADH
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe the most common causes and types of dementia.
Recognize the stages of dementia.
Identify the role that hospice plays in the care of persons with advanced dementia.
Describe the end-of-life issues and the required care of persons with advanced dementia.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Types and Stages of Dementia

Meet Janet

Causes of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Vascular Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia

Stages of Dementia: Predictive or Descriptive?



Section 3: Hospice Care

Terminal Status

How Can Hospice Help?

Goals of Care

Advance Care Planning

Pain and Symptom Management

Spiritual and Social Care

Referring to Hospice

Hospice Eligibility

The FAST Scale




Section 4: End-of-Life Care

Meet the Sperenzas


Antibiotic Use

Nutritional Support

Pain Assessment and Management

Care of the Actively Dying



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN
Susan Heinzerling earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Master of Lifes Sciences in physiology from North Carolina State University. She became a doctoral candidate in immunology at the University of South Alabama. Her research experiences in the biomedical sciences led to an interest in evidence-based practices. Ms. Heinzerling began her nursing career as a medical/surgical nurse. Renal patients in acute care with multiple chronic conditions and repeated hospitalizations inspired her practice of hospice nursing. She has worked as a hospice admissions nurse and a hospice RN case manager in both a large urban setting and a rural community. Disclosure: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Case Managers; Intermediate level Social Workers; Nurses; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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