Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Arc of Amador & Calaveras and Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Partner to Present: Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, HFA’s educational events have been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. This program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.  This program is practical for all levels of professions – entry level, intermediate or advanced.  The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to parents, nurses, social workers, counselors, nursing home administrators, case managers, funeral directors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, caregivers, and those working in palliative and hospice care, long-term care, or home care. 

This year’s New Perspectives Program focuses on “Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss.” The ethical, medical management and psychosocial issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who face death, grief and loss can be complex. This two-hour educational program focuses on the critical challenges of providing and accessing optimal end-of-life care and bereavement support for this population.

Moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the program will be shown at Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, Amador Office from 11:30 am to 2:00pm. Please download the required registration form at  The program is free but we ask for a recommended donation of $10.00 to support both The Arc of Amador & Calaveras and Hospice of Amador and Calaveras.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Executive Director, Dan Riordan; and The Arc of Amador & Calaveras Executive Director, Shawnna Molina are working together to broaden their reach and deepen their impact to service in Amador and Calaveras Counties.

“Venturing out and developing this new relationship and partnership with Hospice of Amador and Calaveras is only enhancing what The Arc of Amador and Calaveras has to offer to our community – being community partners just makes sense.” Molina said. “This partnership is affording us the opportunity to open trainings up to the community, while supporting our staff and our mission. We are very grateful to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras for recognizing the benefits and importance of collaborating and offering this training to Amador and Calaveras counties, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

“ I agree with Shawnna”, says Riordan. “A partnership like this is a natural extension of the fine work being done in the community by both agencies. We were delighted to be invited to participate and look forward to a good turn out!”

Each year this award-winning program is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization, which acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement.

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