Honouring Wishes, Meeting Obligations: Best Practices in Palliative and End of Life Care

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The landscape of end-of-life care has shifted significantly since the introduction in 2016 of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Yet many of the needs and challenges associated with this important life event remain the same. Sign up for this series to explore the importance of using meaningful and consistent palliative and end-of-life care practices and get the latest information about pressing issues raised by MAID in the home. Learn how to provide holistic, resident-centered approaches that comply with regulations and meet clinical care needs while staying sensitive to the wishes and culturally diverse practices of your residents. Recognize how moral distress and grief can impact staff, residents and families alike, and pick up effective strategies to help them cope and move forward.

Webinar 1
Thursday, September 5
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  Considering Culture: Delivering Effective and Appropriate Palliative Care
Dr. Amit Arya, Palliative Care Physician, William Osler Health System
> Understand the importance and benefits of respecting and incorporating residents’ ethnic, cultural, and religious preferences in goals of care conversations.
> Learn about cultural and religious factors that could drive residents’ and their families’ end-0f-life decisions.
> Receive tips and strategies to effectively balance residents’ clinical care needs with cultural considerations.
> Analyze case studies where cultural and religious variables played a crucial role in care decision-making.
Webinar 2
Tuesday, September 17
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  Three Years In: What’s Happening with MAID in Ontario?
Roxanne Halko
, Team Lead (MAID), Office of the Chief Coroner, Ministry of the Solicitor General
> Review the federal reporting requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in Ontario (Ontario’s “hybrid” approach).
> Identify common compliance issues with both the Criminal Code and regulatory body policy expectations related to MAID.
> Review practitioners’ experience in assessing and reporting MAID cases to the Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC).
> Investigate the current status of MAID in Ontario from the perspective of the OCC for Ontario.
> Share lessons learned from the OCC’s past three years of MAID monitoring and oversight in Ontario.
> Learn about the new reporting regime that came in effect in November 2018.

Webinar 3
Friday, September 27
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  Making Tough Choices: The Ethics of End-of-Life Care
Peter Allatt
, Clinical Ethicist, Peter Allatt Ethics Consulting
> Unpack the ethics behind end-of-life care and the ethical and moral principles underlying palliative care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).
> Review common ethical challenges families and long term care staff face related to end-of-life care, as well as solutions to these issues.
> Outline strategies to help manage residents’ end-of-life wishes against legal and ethical considerations.
> Examine case studies exploring ethical and moral dilemmas in delivering end-of-life care.


Webinar 4
Wednesday, October 2
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  Taking Care of Your Team: Dealing with Moral Distress and Compassion Fatigue
Dr. Leonie Herx, Division Chair, Palliative Care Medicine, and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University
> Understand the meaning of moral distress and compassion fatigue and its personal and professional impacts.
> Identify sources of moral distress in staff roles and work environments.
> Review strategies for identifying and addressing moral distress in palliative care teams and caregiving more broadly.

Webinar 5
Tuesday, October 8
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  Moving Forward: Dealing with Grief and Loss in LTC
Andrea Ubell, Director, Programs & Client Services, Alzheimer Society of York Region
> Understand the importance of addressing staff grief and loss in delivering quality, consistent, and resident-centered care.
> Identify the coping needs of staff, residents, and families when dealing with death and dying.
> Outline organizational strategies that can help long term care homes create a more positive and supportive culture around death.
> Share self-care strategies to help residents and staff maintain physical and mental well-being.

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