End-Stage Dementia and Hospice Care

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 9:00AM to 4:30PM
St. Cloud State University

Atwood Memorial Center
Voyageurs Room
651 1st Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
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Providing hospice care to patients with end-stage dementia has its own set of unique challenges – ranging from eligibility considerations to identifying appropriate assessment tools. The goal of this forum is to advance the knowledge, along with increasing the competence and confidence, of professionals providing end-of-life care to patients suffering from end-stage dementia and their families. This interactive and engaging forum will utilize lectures, group-work and case studies to enhance learning. Upon completion learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the Medicare hospice eligibility guidelines for a dementia patient.
  2. Demonstrate competency in documenting initial and ongoing eligibility.
  3. Recognize common symptoms of end-stage dementia and describe pharmacological management techniques.
  4. Identify appropriate assessment tools for pain management.
  5. Describe tools to use and facilitate discussion of goals of care with the patient’s family
  6. Discuss the CMS regulatory requirements of skilled nursing facilities in the provision of end-of-life care.

Cost of this workshop is $100.00 for members; $150.00 for nonmembers (this covers the cost of a light breakfast, lunch, snacks and CEUs). 6.25 CEUs available for social workers and up to 6.25 ANCC contact hours. Application will be submitted to BENHA.

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For more information, call 651-659-0423 or email info@mnhpc.org.

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Chris Downey, MD has been practicing medicine in Minnesota, initially with the North Clinic and at North Memorial Medical Center as its Hospice Medical Director. In 2009, he joined Allina Health as the Home Care Medical Director and provides care to patients in Allina Hospice. He is currently engaged in the development of “Supportive Care Teams” in Home Care to assist with the management of complex patients to prevent the readmissions to the hospital. He will assume the role of Allina Hospice in the Fall next year. Chris utilized pet therapy in his hospice practice with his dog, Mr. Sox, until this past May when Mr. Sox passed away at 13 ½ years of age. He is active with a fishing club and loves to fish for Muskies.

Vic Sandler, MD, is the Fairview Hospice medical director and supervises fellows Vic Sandler Photoduring their two months of hospice training. Sandler attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts. He is board certified in geriatrics, internal medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Sandler Co-Chairs the UMMC Bioethics Committee and is President of Minnesota Physicians for Hospice and Palliative Care. Sandler has been named a “Top Doctor” in geriatrics and/or internal medicine by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine 12 times. His interests include biomedical ethics, geriatrics, hospice, internal medicine, and palliative care.



Lores Vlaminck, RN, BSN, MA, CHPN is Founder and Principal of Lores Consulting, a leading provider of training, consulting and mentoring on palliative and end-of-life care. She provides clients with mock surveys, agency review, and education on a variety of topics. Lores has over 34 years of professional nursing experience.



The University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Office of Practice, Partnerships, and Professional Development, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation  (ANCC-COA). This activity is awarded up to 6.25 contact hours.