Palliative Care Essentials for Health Care Assistants

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Palliative Care Essentials for Health Care Assistants

North Okanagan Hospice Society is now offering a one-day (7 hour) Palliative Education for Health Care Assistants course.

By North Okanagan Hospice Society

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Fri, Mar 24, 2023 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM PDT


NOHS Boardroom 3506 27 Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 1S4 Canada

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About this event

Who: Are you a Health Care Assistant/Care Aid who works with people and their families at the end of their life? Are you looking to increase your skill, knowledge and ability to provide the best possible care?

What: North Okanagan Hospice Society is now offering a one-day (7 hour) Palliative Education for Health Care Assistants course. We currently have spaces available for external candidates and want to share this opportunity with our healthcare partners in the community.

This course will build on your current caregiving strengths and equip you to provide high quality, culturally sensitive, palliative care to your clients and their family members. Additionally, you will learn the importance of self-care and reflection. This course is applicable to all health care settings, Long Term Care, Home & Community Care and Private Care Homes. You will earn a NOHS Certification in Palliative Education for Health Care Assistants.

Cost: 285.00

Location: NOHS Boardroom, 3506 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C.

Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (30 minute lunch)

Preparation: Pre-reading, handouts and modules will be provided electronically.

Palliative Care Essentials for Health Care Assistants: Modules

Module 1: Changing Illness Trajectories and the Integrated Palliative Approach to Care

Module 2: Communication and Psychosocial Support

Module 3: Pain, Suffering, and Symptom Management

Module 4: Personal Care and Nutrition

Module 5: Dying, Final Hours of Care, and Loss and Grieving

Module 6: The Role of Support Workers and Self Care

To book two or more places or to book this course exclusively for your organization, please email ph. 250-503-1800 ext. 104.

Facilitator: Clara Dyck, RN, MSN, CHPCN (C), Education & Resource Leader, NOHS

Clara is expert in community engagement to ensure people are prepared for their end of life journey. She is research partner with Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen and McMaster University in the Strengthening A Palliative Approach in Long Term Care and Associate Member of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Preventions, University of British Columbia. Since 2018 she has been the Education and Resource Leader at North Okanagan Hospice Society. She uses her expertise and knowledge of death and dying to support people along the care continuum from diagnosis of a life limiting illness to bereavement, at all the healthcare touch points. She ensures her community has the knowledge, resources and access needed when they die. Her breadth of knowledge of end-of-life care ranges from whole person symptom management, Advanced Care Planning to care of the dying in a culturally sensitive Trauma-informed manner.

About the organizer

North Okanagan Hospice Society is a registered charity that operates a 12-bed palliative care facility in Vernon for residents of the North Okanagan. The North Okanagan Hospice Society is a contracted partner with Interior Health and was incorporated in 1984 in Vernon as a charitable organization with the purpose of supporting those with a palliative diagnosis, their loved ones and the bereaved. Initially formed as a small volunteer organization with a visiting program, the Society is currently recognized as a leader in the development and delivery of comprehensive hospice palliative care services in British Columbia.

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