Planning for advanced illness and the end of life can be a complex and emotional time. Rainbow’s LIFE Institute provides a variety of presentations on end-of-life topics that affect our community.
The LIFE Institute has a wealth of resources to help with advance healthcare planning, hiring a caregiver, caring for someone with dementia or any other issue that someone in our community needs support with.
Presentations can include expert speakers, workshops, documentary films, discussions and more that can take place at a variety of settings, including libraries, community centers and retirement communities. Below is a list of commonly requested community programs. Presentations can also be requested or customized based on our community’s needs.
Advanced Directives and Planning
Making the Most of POLST: Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment
Participants will learn how to have conversations regarding end-of-life care decisions and to put their preferences into actionable orders.
This session focuses on Five Wishes, the first living will that outlines personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as medical wishes. The Five Wishes lets patients dictate exactly how they wish to be treated if they get seriously ill.
End-of-Life Care Decisions: Advanced Directives and Powers of Attorney
Participants will learn how to have conversations so that their choices will be honored in the event of incapacity. Planning tools will be identified and used in this session.
Education and Support for End-of-Life Issues
Medicare and Palliative Care: Medicare’s Best Kept Secrets
Participants will learn the differences between these related types of care and be able to identify who can benefit from either one.
Preparing for Comfort in Advanced Dementia
People with dementia may be subjected to burdensome medical interventions. This session focuses on ways to promote their comfort until the end of life through best care practices.
Learning to Speak Dementia
Participants will better understand communication barriers posed by dementia and how to overcome them through listening and speaking skills.
What if I Can’t Tell You about My Pain
Participants will improve their skills in assessing and treating pain in non-verbal patients.
The purpose of this activity is to learn strategies to comfort and counsel bereaved people.
Compassion Fatigue: Caring for the Caregiver
Participants will learn strategies for coping with the stressors and compassion fatigue associated with caring for a loved one.
Little People, Big Hurts
Participants will learn ways to help children who are dealing with the serious illness or the impending death of a significant person.
Having Difficult Conversations
This presentation focuses on strategies for having conversations about care preferences including phrases to use to assess patient understanding about their health, what quality of life means to them and how they want to be cared for if they have a life limiting illness.
How to be a Friend to Someone with Dementia
How to Help Someone through a Serious Illness
If you are interested in scheduling a community education presentation, please contact:
Community Education Program Manager
847-653-3134 | Nancy.Flowers@amitahealth.org