Purpose: The purpose of this course is to educate the learner about the concept of hospice and the corresponding philosophies and services it provides. Objectives: 1. Discuss the historical timeline of the start-up of hospice in the United States; 2. Discuss the current status of hospice care in the United States; 3. Differentiate between hospice care and palliative care; 4. Describe core hospice philosophies and services; 5. Discuss the essential concepts of effective communication with the terminally ill patients and their families; 6. Explain the essential ethical and legal challenges of hospice care. Continuing Education Credits: 1.0 contact hours Iowa BON #335; 1.0 contact hours CA Board of Nursing CEP 14033; 1.0 contact hours CE Broker # 50-4572 Florida and District of Columbia; 1.0 contact hours for Social Work State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 159.001315; 0 contact hours for Physical Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 216.000284; 0 contact hours for Occupational Therapy State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. License No. 224.000164; 1.0 CE hours for certified nursing assistants; long term care department heads; and other health care disciplines.
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