Palliative care involves taking active steps to discover what comforts an individual: what gives someone pleasure and what might cause unnecessary pain and suffering. Providing palliative care for people in the advanced stages of dementia can be especially challenging, but it can also be particularly rewarding. A focus on palliative care can help keep people with dementia comfortable and free of the frustrations or pain that can trigger “problem” behaviors.
Over 300 healthcare leaders met on April 29, 2015, in New York City to discuss how to best provide palliative care to people in advanced stages of dementia in long-term care settings. The conference brought together experts in palliative care and Alzheimer’s disease to share current, evidence-based approaches and research about how to provide dementia-capable palliative care to people across the continuum of care, including home care, hospice, nursing homes and hospitals.
Palliative Care for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters was presented by Quality Care Community, the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, and the Mount Sinai Hospital Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care.
COBBLE HILL HEALTH CENTER:
Robert Herel, LCSW Social Work Director
Liza Long, RN , Community Director
Ionie Miller, CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant
Mary Ann Robinson, Activities Leader
JEWISH HOME LIFECARE:
Sharon Blake, RN, Nursing Care Manager
Deirdre Downes, LCSW, Corporate Director of Social Work Initiatives
Kris Kuhn, MD, Associate, Medical Director of Palliative Care Services
Claudia LeMothe, CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant
Avril Robinson, RN, Director of Nursing