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Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: Dementia and End of Life

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Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar.

Appropriate hospice care can address many of the challenges and complications experienced by patients with dementia and Alzheimer's at the end of life. Feeding tubes, acute infections, injuries, trauma and vascular disease contribute to the difficulties of caring for a dementia patient. In the home or in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care can improve patient comfort, functional status and quality of life at the end of life.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
2 p.m. EST 1 hour

Earn one continuing education hour with this free webinar.

Attendees of this webinar will learn to:

  • Recognize the benefits of hospice care for end-stage dementia patients
  • Understand common dementia complications at the end of life
  • Learn strategies for improved outcomes for common complications
  • Identify alternatives to feeding tubes for patients with dementia
  • Learn how hospice care results in fewer hospitalizations and improved quality of life

Thank you for attending this webinar held on January 18, 2018

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This course is approved for one continuing education credit hour for Registered Nurses and Social Workers as well as approval for Certified Case Managers. Attendance for the entire online webinar, as well as completion of a brief online survey, is required; certifications are made available after completion.
Featured VITAS expert:
Diane Rapaport| VITAS Healthcare
Diane Rapaport, MD
Senior Medical Director
VITAS Healthcare, Chicagoland

Diane Rapaport, MD, consults with patients’ attending physicians, supervises the program’s team physicians and provides guidance to VITAS staff. She educates community physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding the benefits of hospice and palliative care for patients and their families. Dr. Rapaport also serves as a team physician and personally attends patients in their homes.

Over more than 20 years she has given more than 400 presentations to medical professionals and families on subjects ranging from pain and non-pain symptom management to nutrition, hydration and ethical dilemmas in end-of-life care. She conducts a monthly lecture series on palliative care, medical ethics and pain management at Mercy Hospital. She has lectured and trained professionals throughout the Chicago area on the compassionate removal of ventilators for hospice patients. She has presented to the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine on prognostication, compassionate withdrawal of ventilators and regulatory issues.

Dr. Rapaport has been a guest editor for the American Medical Association’s online Virtual Mentor, writing on the challenges of DNR (do not resuscitate) orders and the importance of cultural differences at the end of life. She has been a speaker on compassionate removal of ventilators and predicting prognosis at AAHPM conferences.