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"Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death" Free Deat
"Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death" Free Deat

Start Date: May. 21, 2013
End Date: May. 21, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM

How do military service experiences affect someone during a severe illness, and how can they complicate or facilitate end-of-life care and grief? If you are like many who care are or going to be caring for a veteran then you’ll want to make plans to attend a free workshop centering on Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death, hosted by Legacy Hospice of the West, Grand Lake Funeral Home and R. Matt Whalen Law Firm on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rivers of Life meeting building at 488 Industrial Road A in Grove, to look at this important issue. Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this annual educational event has been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to clinicians, administrators, chaplains, social workers, nurses, case managers, counselors, physicians, addiction professionals, and other staff working in hospice and palliative care, hospitals, long-term care and assisted living facilities. Continuing education hours (CEs) will be available through the Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, counselors, funeral directors, clergy, nursing home administrators, and more. Please verify CE availability with your professional or state board approval. There is a $35 online processing fee per certificate This year’s Living With Grief® Program focuses on “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death.” This program assists end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and to provide professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families. Attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam). The program also looks organizationally at military benefits and intersections with VA systems and will explore the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them. Mr. Frank Sesno Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director, Hospice of Palliative Care, Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Deborah Grassman, ARNP, Author, Lecturer, Consultant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, M.Div, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America; Paul Tschudi, MA, EdS, LPC, Assistant Professor/Director, The George Washington University, and Vietnam veteran; and Ryan Weller, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Program Manager, Portland VA Medical Center. Rev. Dr. Lee Hilliard, Legacy Hospice of the West Chaplain is scheduled to facilitate the workshop. Dr. Hilliard has extensive experience supporting patients and families during periods of loss. He is an experienced group facilitator with a doctorate in ministry and has completed education for pastoral education certification. A group of area experts, including Dr. Aunna Cannon Herbst, DO, family medicine physician, Tracy Borgmeyer, MSW LCSW, Mercy Hospital Palliative Care Coordinator, Essie Smith, Funeral Director, Grand Lake Funeral Home, Patricia Parret, BS - Caregiver Project Director for Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging, she chairs the Native American Caregiver Coalition, R. Matt Whalen, J.D., Attorney at Law and others are scheduled to be available to discuss the program during and after the DVD presentation. Sgt. Major Dean Bridges, Pastor of Bar None Cowboy Church, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, will open our program and serve as a local expert. Seating is limited, so please contact Dr. Hilliard at (918) 541-9325 or as soon as possible to reserve your spot for this informative program.

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