High Peaks Hospice to host teleconference

PORT HENRY - High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care will host a teleconference examining how diversity influences end-of-life decision making and the impact that culture has at the time of death and during bereavement on Wednesday, April 29.

One of the goals is to increase sensitivity by helping professionals acknowledge how their own cultural values and assumptions influence delivery of care. It will address some of the obvious and not so obvious sources of misunderstandings and confused expectations surrounding the grief process before and after death. The program will also discuss challenges that may occur when cultural considerations raise ethical concerns or create moral distress.

Presented by the Hospice Foundation of America, the teleconference will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. The presentation will be of interest to nurses, caregivers, social workers, case managers, funeral directors and clergy, as well as anyone offering support to those with a terminal condition. Low cost continuing education units are available.

Following the teleconference, a panel of local professionals representing some of the diverse populations in the North Country will discuss implications for the delivery of services in our region.

The teleconference is free and open to the public but advance registration is requested. To register or to obtain more information, contact Kathy Sauers at 891-9631 x 117 or by e-mail at kathysauers@highpeakshospice.com.

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