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SWHPN is once again providing two sessions of pre-conference workshops on Sunday, March 11, 2018: a morning session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
These interactive, hands-on workshops are designed to offer the chance to learn from leaders in the field in a smaller, more intimate learning environment over an extended time period. Several of our most popular workshops from 2016 and 2017 are back this year, in an expanded format!
Attendees can receive CEUs per workshop (official number to be announced soon), and lunch is included for those who attend both morning and afternoon sessions.
Pre-conference workshops cost $95 each, or $170 when you register for both morning and afternoon sessions (save $20 and lunch is included!) — but you must register before January 5th!
Space is limited, and pre-conference workshops fill quickly, so register today!
The SWHPN Board is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships for the 2018 General Assembly in Boston, March 11-13, 2018. Scholarships will be in the amount of the full conference registration fee only. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the conference attendee.
Preference will be given to MSW and Ph.D. social work students, first-time presenters, first-time attendees, and international participants, and to those exhibiting financial need.
To apply for scholarship consideration, please submit the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Dec. 15:
Scholarship winners will be notified in late December. Many thanks to our donors who make this support possible!
- A Word document, not to exceed one page, that describes what you hope to gain from the conference, demonstrates your interest in and commitment to hospice and palliative care, and states how this financial support will benefit you; and,
- A curriculum vitae or resume that provides your contact information and experience.
The Hospice and Palliative Social Work Certification Project is currently recruiting subject matter experts to write items for an evidence-based certification exam under development for hospice and palliative social workers. A job analysis survey was recently conducted to identify the most significant activities, skills and knowledge for this specialty practice. The next step in the process is the development of relevant, appropriate questions based on the content outline determined from results of the survey.
You are invited to apply to be an Item Writer and make a significant contribution to the field of hospice and palliative social work.
For more information and application instructions, please review the Call for Item Writers.
Barbara Head, Ph.D., Project Director, University of Louisville
Bonika Peters, MPH, Project Coordinator, University of Louisville
Holistic care is essential in the mission to fully meet a patient's needs. And a holistic perspective is the backbone of end of life and palliative care — it's the basis of having an interprofessional team that acknowledges that quality of life is multifaceted, and lives are diverse. But getting to know a patient enough to be able to be "holistic" can be difficult. And in the case of LGBTQ individuals, getting to know the patient as a whole is not only all the more important — it's integral.
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Abstract Objectives: To determine the factors associated with inpatient palliative care use in patients with metastatic gynecologic cancer.
Results: Patients who were older, black, or had uterine and cervical cancers were more likely to use PC. Although the overall use of PC has increased, less than one-quarter of patients who died in the hospital used PC services during their final hospital admission.
Only a very small percentage of nursing home residents who would benefit from palliative care typically receive it, according to a new study released Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The researchers, which included representatives from the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, analyzed 228 skilled nursing residents at three facilities in Northern California between January and May 2015. They determined that 157 were eligible for palliative care, but of that group, exactly none were receiving it — while only 2 percent were undergoing hospice care.
Home Health Care News
One of the most essential Medicare benefits for end-of-life care has a gap or two. Hospice, the end-of-life care provided by Medicare, is not often used for very long, even when patients could benefit from the care a lot sooner.
Almost half of hospice patients were only admitted in the last two weeks of life — a far cry from the six months the benefit is generally meant for, according to a study from Yale University.
There are several reasons hospice care isn't used more often or sooner, including a lack of knowledge or misunderstanding about what hospice care is, what it can provide and how it is paid for.
Journal of Palliative Care
Davis J. Roy writes: "I am writing this editorial to capture, if I can, why
the opening quotation ['Everything you are not stares back at what you are.' Adam Nicolson] has so haunted me, as I think
it should haunt us all. Nicolson has written a masterful
study of the ancient poetic songs 'The Iliad' and
'The Odyssey,' attributed to Homer, to explain that
Homer has always mattered since the first singing
of these poems. He matters now, and always will,
because Homer's significance transcends geography
and time and speaks to the heart and the spirit
of all humankind.
Interstitial lung diseases do not have a defined cure and ultimately lead to a reduction in quality of life and survival due to progressive scarring of lung tissue. Only palliative care for ILD patients by experts can help improve the lives of patients and their families. However, as per a recent report published in medical journal Lancet, palliative care expertise is inaccessible to many patients with ILD.
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Minnesota's first independent hospice for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions finally is opening its doors.
Crescent Cove in Brooklyn Center has been a dream in the making for years. And that dream started with Katie Lindenfelser.
"It was vital to find a peaceful and tranquil site like this," she said as she showed a visitor into a great room with a wall of windows overlooking a lake and wind-swept trees. The facility is colorful, even whimsical.
Lindenfelser told Minnesota Public Radio that families with terminally ill children will come here for a break from long days and anxious nights. These parents are not only Mom or Dad, but nurse and caregiver.
Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 years old and up to 85 percent of them are living with at least one serious illness.
That translates to millions of adults living with chronic diseases that may shorten their life expectancy and dramatically impact their quality of life. Without a coordinated care plan, many patients are caught in the revolving door of emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, incurring millions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs, not to mention creating needless stress for both patients and their family caregivers.
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