C10 - More than Medicine: How to Access Home Care, Support Caregivers, and Discuss Complex Situations in Advanced Neurologic Disease

Event Time: Saturday April 21, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Topic(s): Aging, Dementia, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neurology, Pain and Palliative Care
Director(s): Farrah Daly MD, MBA
Description: Despite excellent medical management, in progressive neurologic disease disability accumulates and caregivers experience greater strain. Neurologists can feel frustrated or disheartened by the feeling that they are no longer making a difference. However, neurologists can always make a difference! By connecting patients with appropriate home-based resources, identifying caregiver strain, and facilitating goals of care discussions, neurologists can continue to do excellent work for their patients as disease progresses. This program will provide practical strategies to coordinate care and support patients and families in the context of advanced illness. Through case-driven discussion, personal experience, and literature review, faculty will review challenges and resources for care of patients with neurologic disease in the home and long-term care settings, methods of screening for caregiver stress, and communication tools useful for effective advance care planning.
Completion Message: Participants should be able to list features of progressive neurologic disease that should trigger a palliative care or hospice referral, name at least two situations that are associated with high risk of caregiver strain, and discuss strategies for effective communication regarding transitions of care and advance care planning.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Patient Care, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice

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