Register Today: A Well-Planned Life


BY: Dr. Wayne H. Grant, PharmD, MBA
CATEGORY: Medical and Clinical; News and Community
PUBLICATION: Clinical Connections

​As I begin my new dual role, which includes serving as the new Director of the Hospice Institute, I am particularly enthusiastic about the theme of our 21st Annual Conference: “A Well-Planned Life: Preparing for the Transitions Ahead.”

In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare climate, transitions are a constant. Toward the end of life, when time is condensed, life planning takes on a greater sense of urgency and significance. Managing critical transitions wisely during this vulnerable time is essential to maintaining dignity and quality of life. Our Hospice Institute team has worked hard to bring you top
experts in their fields presenting on topics that will allow you to enlighten your practice and enhance the care you provide. I am looking forward to meeting you at our Annual Conference on Thursday, September 14.

Conference Objectives:
•Discuss the importance of supporting the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being when making care transitions with seriously ill patients.
•Demonstrate how to help patients and caregivers prepare and coordinate care transitions that they encounter due to chronic illness.
• Identify how to assist patients in addressing and overcoming barriers they encounter due to changes in their health status at end of life.
• Explain how to achieve continuity of care when making care transitions with seriously ill patients.

Plenary sessions:

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Dawn Gross, M.D., Ph.D., FAAHPM
“Dying to Talk: Making Wishes Come True” This presentation discusses new
approaches to goals of care conversations in making transitions. True stories from life experiences with patients and families making transitions will be shared along with using the “magic wand” question and GoWish.

11 a.m. - Noon Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW
“We Don’t Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make About Dying” Prior experiences with death and dying can lead us to believe that we know what to expect the next time we encounter a dying individual. However, this “knowing” can lead to inappropriate conclusions. This presentation will explore the assumptions professionals often make regarding the dying process. We will review the types of situations in which we may romanticize dying. The presenter will share how dying individuals can surprise us and act in ways that we might not have anticipated.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Kenneth Rosenfeld, M.D.
“Transitions in Healthcare” This discussion will focus on how communities and institutions can provide individuals with enhanced options for meaningful and symptom-free final years of life while navigating the complex healthcare system.

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