Award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals working in long-term care and nursing homes.
LEAP Long-Term Care is an interprofessional course that focuses on the essential competencies to provide a palliative care approach, with case studies contextualized to the long-term care setting. LEAP Long-Term Care is taught by local experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.
LEAP Long-Term Care can be delivered online or in-person.
Who is it for?
LEAP Long-Term Care is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker) as well as personal support workers (PSWs) or care aides working in long-term care and nursing homes.
LEAP Long-Term Care promotes teamwork and collaboration among different health care professionals who work in a variety of settings.
- Interprofessional approach.
- Built by Canadian palliative care experts.
- Learners receive a LEAP certificate of completion and an electronic copy of the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook.
- 17 interactive, self-learning online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 hours of work).
- 6 hours of online webinars led by LEAP facilitators where learners will work through cases and discuss learnings from online modules. Personal support workers/care aides have specific case studies contextualized to their role.
- Two-days, 13 hours in total.
- Face-to-face learning with group discussion and case studies.
This two-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 26.5 Mainpro+® credits.
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 26.5 Mainpro+ credits.
Upon completion of LEAP Long-Term Care, learners should be able to:
- Describe the importance of self-awareness when providing palliative and end-of-life care.
- Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory.
- Promote and undertake Advance Care Planning discussions.
- Assess and manage pain; delirium; dementia; gastrointestinal symptoms, hydration, and nutrition; and respiratory symptoms.
- Develop plans to address spiritual or psychosocial needs.
- Initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work.
- Identify and implement support strategies in grief and bereavement situations.
- Prepare patients and families for last days and hours.
- Recognize the role of all care providers in long-term care in providing a palliative care approach.
Topics Covered Include
- Taking ownership
- Advance Care Planning
- Goals of care and decision-making
- Pain assessment and management
- Delirium assessment and management
- Depression, anxiety, and grief
- Hydration and nutrition
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Palliative sedation
- Request to hasten death
- Suffering, spiritual care, and maintaining hope
- Last days and hours
- Organizational Readiness