SIG 15 Perspectives Vol. 18, No. 3, October 2013
This issue of Perspectives is focused on issues regarding end of life considerations for older adults. Articles address improving communication for individual’s with intellectual and development disabilities to express end of life wishes, providing dysphagia services to palliative care patients in skilled nursing facilities, enhancing quality of life for individuals approaching death, and information for professionals who work in palliative care. Articles focus on treatment delivery, improving patient and caregiver quality of life, and psychosocial self-preservation for professionals working in palliative care. Articles offer suggestions for service delivery for patients at end of life.
You will be able to:
- list several treatment practices to improve end of life communication for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- define the role of the SLP in palliative care using various professional frameworks, i.e., ASHA Scope of Practice and WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
- describe rehabilitation approaches for the SLP to use in hospice settings
- define the terms destruction, reconstruction, release in the process of life, death, and grief
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