Community Education

As part of our mission as a community-minded, non-profit organization, HopeHealth provides education for people with an interest in serious illness and grief support. Our rich curriculum is designed for:

    • Healthcare professionals. Our courses, certifications and conferences cover the latest trends and research in dementia and Alzheimer’s, advance care planning, symptom management, complex care conversations, and end-of-life care and planning.
    • Members of the community. If you are caring for an aging parent, spouse, sibling or friend with a chronic illness, or if you’re dealing with the loss of someone dear to you, we can help.
    • Students in our community. HopeHealth is proud to offer internships in nursing, social work, grief support, spiritual care and in many other areas. We partner with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Salve Regina, Rhode Island College, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, Walden College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and more for clinical rotation placements. To learn more, contact us at Information@HopeHealthCo.org.

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Community Education Programs for Clinical Professionals

As a not-for-profit organization, our mission includes enriching the depth of knowledge surrounding serious illness, hospice, palliative and home care as well as grief support. The following courses are part of our community education curriculum. HopeHealth consistently innovates new education courses. Please share with us if there is a topic you'd like us to teach about. Contact our community education team at (800) 338-6555.

Hospice: A Special Way of Caring

Learn the unique benefits of hospice care, when a patient qualifies and how the clinical team supports individuals and families.

1 hour, 1 CE available for RN/LPN, SW

Palliative Care: Living Your Best Life

Explore how palliative care can improve quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating symptoms within a supportive family centered approach to care.

1 hour, 1 CE available for RN/LPN, SW

Managing Pain

This course reviews best practices for identifying and managing pain. Utilizing case scenarios participants will learn to formulate an effective plan of care. Discussions will explore barriers to adequate pain management including the myths and facts about morphine.

1 hour, 1 CE available for RN/ LPN, SW

Virtual Dementia Tour

The insight provided by the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) will change how you interact with memory-impaired individuals. Research supports that quality of life improves when caregivers and professionals are better educated and equipped to address the challenges associated with disease progression

1.5 CEs available with the follow-up dementia training for Administrators and RN/LPN

Hospice Symptom Management Part One

This course can be provided in two separate one hour sessions. It provides a comprehensive review of the most common symptoms that cause discomfort at the end of life. You'll receive assessment tools and case scenarios to promote group interaction and discussion. Our "part one" course focuses on assessing and treating pain, dyspnea and anxiety.

1 CE available for RN/LPN

Hospice Symptom Management Part Two

This course is part of a series that can be provided in two separate one hour sessions. We review how to treat the most common symptoms that patients face at end of life. Our "part two" of this course focuses on how to assess and treat nausea/vomiting, delirium, agitation and constipation.

1 CE available for RN/LPN

The Grief Journey of the Dementia Caregiver

We will discuss how grief changes for dementia caregivers at each stage of the disease—from anticipatory grief to bereavement. We’ll examine how to best provide grief intervention and support for caregivers and their families.

1 hour

Comfort Feeding

Develop an understanding of the non-verbal cues associated with comfort feeding. Learn what makes food appealing, how to regulate food temperature and best techniques for hand feeding.

30 minutes

Having the Conversation

Participants will learn how to best initiate difficult conversations about goals of care, advance directives and terminal illness. We will discuss methods to determine an individual and family’s wishes as well as how to introduce hospice services.

1 hour

Managing Challenging Behaviors

This interactive program focuses on recognizing common behavioral triggers, and developing techniques for adapting our own reactions to achieve more positive outcomes with combative or resistant individuals. Techniques adapted from Teepa Snow training on caring for patients with dementia.

1 hour

MOLST: How and When to Complete

This session focuses on explaining when it is appropriate to complete a MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment), how to complete it, section by section, and why it is important to have one.

1 hour

Compassion Fatigue for Providers

Learn how to define compassion fatigue, identify the stages in yourself or in your peers and gain important tools for recovery.

30 minutes

Complex Care Conversations (communicating about serious, progressive illness)

Overview: Complex Care Conversations is an interactive, small-group curriculum for clinicians who treat patients dealing with serious, progressive illnesses such as heart failure, cancer and dementia.

This program offers guidance on approaching goals-of-care conversations more easily and effectively. These important discussions are frequently sensitive and should not be delayed or postponed. The sessions offer a framework for navigating conversations to elicit patients’ values and preferences in a way that is mutually transformative for clinicians and patients.

Learn about the course’s credit designation.

Program audience: Practice teams including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nurse care managers, medical assistants, social workers and other team members as well as public health professionals.

Objective: Give clinicians key tools for effective communication and learn skills of balancing patients’ values with the medical reality when recommendations are given to patients and families. 

Providers will learn how to properly bill and code for these reimbursable activities. In addition, participants will receive education on bedside ethics when faced with surrogate decision makers, as well as prognostication that will enable them to guide patients and families in effective ways as patients approach the end of their life. Lastly, participants will learn techniques to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue in caring for very complex and fragile patients, creating a climate of healing for all involved.

This program is supported by funding from the Rhode Island State Innovation Model Test Grant, the Rhode Island Department of Health, University of Rhode Island’s Geriatric Education Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Attendee Testimonials

“It's one thing to be taught the theory about it, which is very important, but then to be able to take it and even just role play it. The more you do something, for me at least, my comfort level grows. By the end of the eight hours of training, we have done such a good number of role-playing what we were being trained and educated on. I felt a lot more comfortable being able to do that in a clinical setting.”

“I really think that they had an excellent curriculum. They really laid out not just theory, which was important in of itself. I always appreciate having theory behind why we do what we do. They also gave really practical hands-on tools like easy-to-follow steps, also handed out--I forget the word I'm looking for here, but not handouts, because they're like little guides on plastic that we can carry with us just to look at in the midst of a busy day. That's hands-on practical tools that they gave us. We really appreciate it.”

“I really think that they had an excellent curriculum. They really laid out not just theory, which was important in of itself. I always appreciate having theory behind why we do what we do. They also gave really practical hands-on tools like easy-to-follow steps, also handed out-- I forget the word I'm looking for here, but not handouts, because they're like little guides on plastic that we can carry with us just to look at in the midst of a busy day. That's hands-on practical tools that they gave us. We really appreciate it.”

Speaker's Bureau

At some point, many of us will be called upon to care for someone who is seriously ill. To help people get through these trying times, HopeHealth leads educational talks that can be held at community organizations, senior centers, schools, faith communities and area businesses.

Led by our community educators, these presentations deliver informative, thought-provoking information and can be tailored to the specific audience. We offer general topics relate to hospice, dementia and Alzheimer’s and other subjects.

Learn more or sign up

If your group is interested in learning more, please email Information@HopeHealthCo.org.

Questions about our community education?

Call us at (401) 415-4200 or email Information@HopeHealthCo.org.

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