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LDM Online 112: Independent Study Course

We help the dying and their loved ones when we help manage symptoms and provide comfort care.

In this symptom management course you will learn about common symptoms that may occur as people are dying. These symptoms can begin months and years before the individual dies.

From there you can learn the “essentials” of symptom assessment, management and comfort measures. Explore comfort measures that can be used by all care team members put together your own basket of "comfort measures".

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • 1. Talk about the common symptoms experienced by dying individuals and understand why and how to use standardized assessment tools in your caregiving (for all levels of caregivers).
  • 2. Understand why the process of providing care, as identified by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), helps us to make sure that patients recieve the best care possible.
  • 3. Identify three parts of the CHPCA process that are meaningful within the your caregiving practice.
  • 4. Talk with team members and family about how easy it is to use of the Palliative Performance Rating Scale.
  • 5. List ten common principles for managing symptoms using medications.
  • 6. Talk with team members and family about the common myths and fears of using opioids.
  • 7. Identify three things you can do in your caregiving practice when patients and families are concerned about using opioids (for all levels of caregivers).
  • 8. Through an experiment, learn what the sensation of dyspnea feels like for yourself and for other participants. Understand how to identify if a patient is experiencing dyspnea and learn ways to provide comfort to an individual who is struggling to breathe.
  • 9. Build a "Comfort Basket" that can be individualized to the patient when providing comfort care.
  • 10. Understand ways to apply this new information into their caregiving practice.

Fees: $199

This course requires on average 15-20 hours of time to be complete over a 1 year time frame.

More information about Independent Study Courses with LDM Online here.

LDM Online 113: Independent Study Course

We help the dying and their loved ones when share information about common changes that occur with dying, and then help them to understand and manage those changes.

This knowledge and the skills in the course benefit caregivers in all walks of life. In the same manner that prenatal classes help prepare women for birthing, providing information about the last days and hours can help patients and caregivers anticipate and participate in the last days and hours.

In this course you will learn about the common physical changes that may occur in the last days and hours, examine psychosocial implications of these changes and go on to develop strategies to support patient and family comfort throughout this process.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • 1. Discuss and explain with health care team or family members:
  • a. Common physical changes that may occur in the last days and hours before death.
  • b. Comfort measures that may help to facilitate a comfortable death.
  • c. Psychosocial implications (for family members) of physical changes experienced by the dying person.
  • 2. Recommend local and web based resources that are available 24/7 that may help support individuals who are dying and their caregivers (including death in the home, long term care/residential care setting, or acute care etc),
  • 3. Understand what is meant by the terms "special awareness" and "symbolic communication" that may occur before an individual dies. 

Fees: $199

This course requires an average of 15-20 hours of work, that can be completed over a 1 year time frame.

More information about Independent Study Courses with LDM Online here


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