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Course Description

When it comes to end of life care there are many issues that the patient and family members will go through emotionally, physically, and spiritually. At the very moment a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness, everyone is left with questions, concerns, sadness, and more. While this is a very difficult time, it is going to be very important that the patient and family members plan and prepare for what lies ahead.

The planning process includes everything, like where the patient will receive care, who will care for the patient, what types of treatment they desire and for how long, who will make decisions if they are unable to, what will happen to their assets, who will have custody of their children, and so much more. Since so many questions are left unanswered, the process is even more difficult and yet it is still so important to begin answering all of these questions as soon as possible.

During the patient's illness, the plan will need to be adjusted, but with good communication amongst all of the involved parties--along with teamwork and honesty--everyone can effectively work together with the patient to ensure that the last months of the patient's life are as positive as possible.

Course Requirements

This course is intended for any age learner over the age of 18. It is recommended that students to be able to write and read at a high school level. There are no Required books but Recommended Books are listed below.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Emotions & Coping: Patients and Family Members

Lesson 2: Communication

Lesson 3: Patient Planning/ End of Life Planning

Lesson 4: Physical Symptoms & Pain Management

Lesson 5: In Home Care

Lesson 6: Palliative Care

Lesson 7: Hospice

Lesson 8: Hospitals & Nursing Homes

Lesson 9: Refusing Care

Lesson 10: Legal & Financial Plans

Lesson 11: After the Patient is Gone

Course Materials

All the course material required to complete this course is contained in this course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson exam which will review what was covered in the lesson. An overall grade of 70% or higher will make the student eligible for a CEU Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Recognize emotions and coping skills.
  • Describe communication techniques and etiquette when faced with an end of life care situation.
  • Know patient planning/end of life planning procedures.
  • Describe physical symptoms and pain management techniques.
  • Describe in home care.
  • Describe palliative care.
  • Describe hospice care.
  • Identify hospitals and nursing homes and end of life care.
  • Identify situations when patients refuse care.
  • Know legal and financial plans in end of life care issues.
  • Know what needs to be done and how to cope after the patient is gone, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1: Emotions & Coping: Patients and Family Members10
Lesson 2: Communication10
Lesson 3: Patient Planning/ End of Life Planning9
Lesson 4: Physical Symptoms & Pain Management10
Lesson 5: In Home Care10
Lesson 6: Palliative Care10
Lesson 7: Hospice10
Lesson 8: Hospitals & Nursing Homes10
Lesson 9: Refusing Care10
Lesson 10: Legal & Financial Plans10
Lesson 11: After the Patient is Gone10
The Final Exam50
Total Points:159

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