A comprehensive assessment includes two visits
Follow up visits as needed
Focusing on the family as the unit of care
Honoring quality of life as you describe
Responding to distressing symptoms
Assess safety and fall risk
Assistance wtih sensitive discussions around your care preferences
Advanced care planning
Completion of POLST (Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment)
Dr Lathrop is experienced in quality improvement projects that have included integrating palliative care principles into the intensive care unit. She led the start up of palliative care in four local hospital palliative care consult services and led a project that was successful in reducing hospital readmissions while ensuring quality palliative care consult metrics were met. She has worked in long-term care and assisted living facilities and understands the respective cultures. We are available to integrate palliative care principles into environments with the goal of supporting aging in place.
As an expert in palliative care Dr Lathrop is also available to speak to groups about advanced directives and end-of-life care and decision making questions. She has attended End of Life Nursing Education (ELNEC) 2015 Course: Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctoral of Nursing Practice Education and Clinical Practice and has presented extensively to health care providers. Topics have included working with families during the last phase of life, hospice, pain and symptom management, quality palliative care in the ICU, palliative care and the person with alcohol liver disease and mental illness.
Dr Lathrop is an ELNEC train the trainer and has completed training in Core, Geriatric and APRN education requirements. She has taught extensively in the areal of ethical issues at the end of life, curriculum design for nursing focusing on interprofessional palliative care and working with families at the end-of-life.
Two visits for a comprehensive assessment that includes:
Ongoing monthly visits to assess your ongoing or changing care needs and update of the plan of care.
Responsive scheduling of visits.
Community resources who are experts in home safety and physical therapy and referral to home care when appropriate.
Partnering with therapist to support family members and clients experiencing emotional distress due to chronic illness.