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End-of-Life Care for People with IDD $15.00
ANCC Approved Disabilities Courses

End-of-Life Care for People with IDD

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face many of the same issues at the end of life as people without such disabilities. They also face additional issues and challenges. As people with intellectual disability (ID) live longer, they outlive family caregivers more frequently. This often requires additional supports in advanced age, different service locations, and additional planning. The number of people in this situation is expected to rise as the “Baby Boomer” generation moves into this age category (Heller, Gibbons, & Fisher, 2015).

This course will introduce basic legal and ethical guidelines for decision making at the end of life. Advanced planning can provide clarity in complex, stressful situations when people are unable to communicate or provide consent. Your knowledge of an individual’s preferences and rights, as well as ethics, will help you support the person you are serving and their families. This course provides basic information about some common medical decisions that are included in an end-of-life care plan, as well as information about specialized healthcare options such as palliative care and hospice.

The goal of this course is to introduce nurses, psychologists, social workers, and qualified IDD professionals to critical issues at the end of life for people with IDD.

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End-of-Life Care for People with IDD
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