Dementia Care at the End of Life

We offered this webinar on January 18, 2018 and June 20, 2019.

The Goal of This Webinar

To help the healthcare professional understand how to identify patients with advanced Dementia/Alzheimer’s who may be eligible for the Medicare hospice benefit, and how the timely use of hospice care can address many of the challenges and complications experienced by these patients as they approach the end of life.

What Attendees Learned at This Webinar

  1. Recognize the benefits of hospice care for end-stage dementia patients, including 40%-50% fewer hospitalizations, greater likelihood of death in the patient’s home vs. hospital, greater overall satisfaction with care, improved pain and symptom management, and fewer end-of-life transitions.
  2. Explore common dementia complications at the end of life, including acute infection, swallowing difficulties, injuries/trauma, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, delirium, pressure sores and vascular disease.
  3. Understand factors that contribute to the difficulties of caring for a dementia patient, including feeding tubes, acute infections, injuries/trauma and vascular disease.
  4. Recognize the value of ongoing goals-of-care conversations and advance care planning, both of which support person-centered care, alignment of care with patient wishes/preferences, reduced overall healthcare costs, fewer admissions to the hospital or emergency department, and improved quality of life at the end of life.

Review the Slides

For the June 20, 2019 presentation of this webinar only, please be advised that social workers in the states of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Wisconsin will not be able to receive a continuing education (CE) credit for this course.

See upcoming continuing education opportunities through VITAS.

Nurses and Case Managers

This activity is approved for one continuing education credit hour for nurses (RN, LPN, LVN; in California Registered Nurses only), Social Workers and Certified Case Managers. Licensed Nursing Home Administrators in the states of Florida and Illinois may also receive one hour of continuing education credit. Attendance for the entire online webinar, as well as completion of a brief online evaluation, is required. Certifications are made available after completion.