Wednesday, September 2nd (Session D4) - Person-Directed End-of-life Care. What I Learned from my Spouse Transformed Me.
This session provides a unique perspective regarding end-of-life experiences taught to Cheryl by her spouse. Cheryl has been a nurse for 39 years and spent her clinical experience working in long-term care. She helped hundreds of individuals transition from life to death as part of her nursing experience and thought she fully understood the importance of person-directed care from the perspective of each individual. When her spouse was dying, he taught Cheryl what it really meant for him to make his own decisions regarding his life and ultimately, his death.
1. Define how true person-directed end-of-life care is accomplished in collaboration ‘with’ the individual and not ‘for’ them.
2. Review the historical perspective of the approach to death and dying in the United States.
3. Explain the person-directed approach to end-of-life care and decision-making.
Professor, Regis University
|Cheryl Kruschke, EdD, MS, RN, CNE is a full Professor at Regis University. Cheryl teaches in the nursing program at the Masters degree and Doctoral degree levels in the areas of Leadership and Management, Gerontology, Finance, Accounting, Economics and Statistics. Cheryl’s nursing career began in 1980 as a LPN working in the long-term care setting. Her work in long-term care spans over 20 years in a variety of roles including nursing assistant, LPN, RN, Supervisor, Manager of Education and Quality Assurance, Director of Nursing and Nursing Home Administrator. Cheryl has had the opportunity to work with excellent teams, is an Eden Educator, Eden Mentor, and End-of-Life Doula. Cheryl has completed research related to the aging population including safety and person-directed care. Cheryl has extensive experience presenting seminars and speaking at National and International conferences on the topics of Geriatrics, Culture Change, Leadership, Management, and Adult Education.|
President & CEO, The Eden Alternative
For over two decades, Jill Vitale-Aussem has made changing the culture of nursing homes, assisted living communities and retirement communities her life’s work as a nursing home administrator, CCRC executive director and vice president of operations. In each role, Jill pushed back against the status quo and drove deep cultural transformation in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. These efforts not only improved the quality of life for the people who lived and worked in her communities but led to significant improvements in occupancy, financial and regulatory outcomes. Jill now serves as President & CEO of The Eden Alternative, an international non-profit dedicated to creating quality of life for elders and their care partners, no matter where they may live. The Eden Alternative has impacted the lives of people in sixteen countries around the world. Jill is the author of Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living: A Mindshift and speaks internationally on the topics of culture, leadership and ageism.
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