Comprehensive Assessment and Plan of Care

The comprehensive assessment forms the foundation for the plan of care and provision of quality end of life care. The goal of this course is to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to follow regulatory guidelines and demonstrate and document best practice in physical, psychosocial, spiritual, functional, and grief and bereavement assessment as it relates to their discipline and expertise in order to provide optimal care to patients and families. This course will provide the learner with an overview of the Hospice Conditions of Participation in relation to the comprehensive assessment, the knowledge to meet compliance/regulatory requirements during the initial and comprehensive assessment process, and the skills to incorporate those requirements in the care planning process. The team collaborative process, documentation of the specialty of hospice care and services, and the importance and value of the expertise of many disciplines from assessment and throughout the care planning process are discussed in the course.

This is an intermediate level course for nurses, social workers/ psychosocial professionals and spiritual care/pastoral care providers and an advanced course for hospice aides and volunteers due to the regulatory components of the course.