Kirksville – “Is it Okay to Laugh? The Benefits of Humor in Healthcare” & “The ‘H’ Word: Hospice 101”

Date(s) - 03/12/2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Kirksville Area Technical Center


Target Audience: Nursing Home Administrators, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, Social Workers, Activity Directors, Occupational and Physical Therapist, Dietary, Diabetes Educators
CE Approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators: Nursing Home Administrators (5 patient care hours)
Registration 8:30 a.m.
Program 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Is it Okay to Laugh? The Benefits of Humor in Healthcare (includes 15 minute break)
12:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – The “H” Word: A Hospice 101 (includes 15 minute break)

Is it Okay to Laugh? The Benefits of Humor in Healthcare
Always Laugh When You Can.  It’s Cheap Medicine.   Lord Byron
Laughter is good for you, strong medicine for mind and body. Humor can break the intensity of what is going on and provide a way to normalize the abnormal. Join us as we explore the physical, mental and social benefits of humor to our health, share a few laughs and tune up your sense of humor.

The “H” Word: A Hospice 101
Well recognized as health care provided for those at the end of life, hospice is a patient centered philosophy of care, focusing on an individual’s personal goals to experience the best life possible for as long as possible.

Hospice care is for those who are at a place in their illness where they need more help to manage living with the symptoms caused by their condition.  It usually follows a shift from aggressive medical interventions intended to manage or cure their disease to interventions focused on managing the symptoms caused by the disease’s progression. Palliative focused, meaning the focus is on caring for the person, not curing the disease, hospice focuses on the physical, emotional & spiritual needs of the person and their family to maximize their quality of life. Helping families to live well and support each other during a stressful, but, in the end, very natural life passage. Hospice is that care.

Speaker: Judy Waechter, RN, CRRN, Regional Director of Business Development with Good Shepherd Hospice covering the greater Kansas City Metro and surrounding rural area including offices in Lenexa and Garnett, Kansas and Independence, Butler and Cameron Missouri. Judy’s focus is on building lasting partnerships with healthcare providers and the communities they serve. Through education and coordination of care, she bridges professional healthcare providers and family and friend caregivers to ensure the most appropriate level of services and support to maximize quality of life for those in their shared care.

NHA: Approved for 5.0 patient care continuing education hours by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. All other disciplines will receive a certificate of attendance.


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