ElderHope News : Houston Seminar Update
Posted by Chapster on Aug-27-2005 (3120 reads)

Yesterday, I did a seminar in Houston for Seasons Seminars. The participants were excellent. The seminar was entitled, The Dying Process in the Long Term Care Facility: Caring for Patients, Families, and Staff. I just want to thank the group that came. You were all delightful and it was pure joy to be a presenter.

Additionally, discussion was raised about the crunch that facilities often feel between the expectations of state regulatory agencies to maintain weight, reduce decubiti, and things such as the use of psychotropic drugs when a patient is on a palliative care, or hospice program. Facilities often find themselves receiving deficiencies for conditions that are natural to the dying patient. Mary Compton, of Seasons Seminars, mentioned a link from the State of Texas that may help with this. It should be nboted that this is not an official state form. It was designed to help facilities document expected outcomes for patients receiving palliative care. It is intended top demonstrate to surveyors that apropriate care and expected outcomes are occurring. I have put the link to the form below.

Thanks, again Mary for the opportunity to present to this great group, and thanks to the group for your participation and attentiveness. And, for the great role plays. Some of our fine actors need to contact me...

Here's the links (some require Adobe Acrobat Reader):

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/business/ltc-policy/communications/providerletters/2001/pl01-20b.html
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/business/LTC-Policy/communications/providerletters/2001/PL01-20A.pdf
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/business/LTC-Policy/communications/providerletters/2001/pl01-20a.html

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