Welcome to the Principles of Palliative Care module for ELNEC-Geriatric, which is the foundation of this curriculum. This module provides an overview of palliative care, your role as a member of the interdisciplinary team, and the essence of caring for older adults regardless of the setting. Working in healthcare every day, you witness major deficiencies in current systems of care for older adults and their families, particularly at the end of life. Social and economic forces influence care provided at this important time. It is vital that all members of the interdisciplinary team collaborate to provide palliative care across the continuum of care for all older adults. As you care for older adults, remember that your care does not mean only “doing for” but also “being with.” That is the beauty of this work, as it combines caring, communication, knowledge, and impeccable skills. The goal of this course is to provide nurses with knowledge of palliative care for older adults.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Overview of Palliative Care
Causes of Death
Attitudes Toward Aging
Trajectories of Dying
Barriers to Quality Care
What Are Hospice and Palliative Care?
Eight Domains of Palliative Care
Section 3: The Essence of Geriatric Palliative Care
Factors Shaping Palliative Care
Needs and Caregiving
Assessment Is Critical
End-Stage Medical Conditions
Section 4: Palliative Care in Long-Term Care
Death in Long-Term Care (LTC)
Challenges in EOL Care
Opportunities in EOL Care
Long-Term Care and Palliative Care
Section 5: Conclusion
The content for this course was revised by Carol O. Long, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN.
Dr. Carol O. Long is a national expert in community-based healthcare and has assumed varied nursing and consulting positions in research and education. Dr. Long has numerous articles, monographs, book chapters, and books related to community-based care, end-of-life care, hospice, and pain management. She has presented end-of-life and palliative care for advanced dementia training nationally and internationally. Her research centers on outcome indicators in advanced dementia care and staff knowledge and attitudes relative to palliative care interventions. Dr. Long has been an ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) trainer since the course’s inception. She is a Fellow in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Long is a Transcultural Nursing Scholar with the Transcultural Nursing Society of America. She holds a BSN from Marquette University, an MS from the University of Michigan and PhD at Arizona State University.
The content for this course was created by The ELNEC Project Team.Disclosure: ELNEC Geriatric 2021 has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
The ELNEC Project, which began in 2000, is a collaboration between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Washington, DC and the City of Hope, Duarte, CA.
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