The UBC Learning Circle and Vancouver Coastal Health: Vancouver Home Hospice Palliative Care Services are offering a series of three videoconference only workshops on First Nations Perspective in end-of-life care.
Oriented towards health care workers and clinicians of all disciplines, these free sessions integrate First nations perspectives with clinical aspects of palliative care including client assessment, determining and communicating care plans, and understanding disease progression. Elders will guide a discussion around their personal & traditional experiences of end-of-life care in their home communities.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is an approach to care directed at enhancing quality of life and is accepted by individuals and families facing a life-threatening illness, focusing on relief of suffering, while integrating psychosocial and spiritual aspects important to this individual. Palliative Care aims at positively influencing the course of illness and offering a support system for individuals and families.
We wish to make palliative care a partnership with the individual, family and interdisciplinary team by focusing on the individual’s goals and dignity for their daily living. We wish to affirm life, offer a support system to help individuals live as actively as possible until death; and regard dying as a normal process. ~MSJ End of Life Council
By the end of these sessions you will be able to:
- Reflect on your own values and beliefs and how they enter into your clinical relationships
- Determine who would benefit from a palliative approach to care
- Assess and accurately communicate a person’s goals of care
- Assess a person using a holistic palliative care assessment
- Apply goals of care to help determine a treatment plan in response to the assessment
- Discuss and understand disease progression and elements of terminal care
- Gain a basic understanding of grief and bereavement
Workshop Dates & Time:
- Monday, October 20 – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Monday, October 27 – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Monday, November 3 – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Certificate of Completion offered: Must attend all 3 sessions to receive a certificate.
Place: UBC Learning Circle – by videoconference only.
We are in this together
“[Hospice] is indeed a place of meeting. Physical and spiritual, giving and receiving, all have to be brought together…The dying need the community, its help and fellowship… The community needs the dying to make it think of eternal issues and to make it listen…We are debtors to those who can make us learn such things as to be gentle and to approach others with true attention and respect.” ~Dame Cicely Saunders
About the Vancouver Coastal Health Presenters
Dr. Tim Sakaluk originally trained as a family physician. He completed a palliative care fellowship at Victoria hospice in 2005 and has since been working in the lower mainland. Tim currently works both in the community seeing clients in their home and in acute care at Vancouver General Hospital. He is the medical director for Vancouver’s home hospice palliative care services.
Ingrid See RN BSN Med CHPCN is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Home Hospice Team in Vancouver, BC. Ingrid has a background in home care nursing and has worked extensively as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative care for many years in the community, acute, and residential care settings. Her role is to help mentor staff and improve clinical knowledge and standards of practice in palliative care. Ingrid is also a diversity trainer and has a keen interest in developing education materials specifically focused around cultural competency and end of life care.
Tammy Dyson MSW, RCSW is a Social Worker on the Home Hospice Team in Vancouver, BC. Tammy has worked in the field of end of life in British Columbia and the Bay Area, California for over 15 years in community, acute, Hospice and residential care settings.. In addition to being a psychosocial consultant and frontline clinician, Tammy has taught and facilitated topics related to end-of-life including Advance Care Planning, Practical and Emotional care in final days of life, and grief to all audiences. Tammy has co-authored the Fraser Health Authority clinical guidelines on Psychosocial Care in End of Life and Palliative Sedation Therapy. specifically focused around cultural competency and end of life care.
Sharon Salomons is the Spiritual Care Practitioner with the Home Hospice Palliative Care Team. She has a background in Spiritual care in a variety of health care settings, spiritual leadership and counselling. She is a registered clinical counsellor as well as an ordained Anglican priest. Her experience with end-of-life care includes work in residential and acute care facilities including palliative care units as a spiritual care practitioner. Additionally her work as a parish priest involved providing care for the dying, conducting funerals and memorial services and bereavement support.
The Elders Teachers:
1. Roberta Price
2. Sue Gladstone
3. Fred John
4. Eugene Harry
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