Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GRN 239
Course Title:
End of Life Practices
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Course Description

Focuses on specific approaches or practices appropriate for end of life care and explores a variety of strategies and activities designed to augment end of life and palliative care goals and to enhance the quality of life for the dying person and their caregivers. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

GRN239 or GRN237 required for the Gerontology: End of Life Care & Support Certificate.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:1. Coordinate with an end of life team or other practitioners to introduce person-centered and culturally appropriate practices and approaches into a comprehensive end of life care plan for the dying person and their caregivers.2. Implement practices and approaches to augment end of life care goals and enhance life quality for the dying person and their families.

Course Activities and Design

? Lecture, presentations, discussion, and readings on particular practicesand approaches and discussion of ways they can be adapted to diversepopulations and settings.? Case studies and practical techniques on practices and approachesexplored in the course.? Capstone projects based on the practices and approaches explore in thecourse.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A variety of assessments, including reflective journals, essays, skill demonstration, case study analysis, will be used. Students will share capstone projects demonstrating ways in which the practices and approaches explored in the course could be used in a particular end of life care scenario.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Introduction to particular practices and approaches, and overview of professional and ethical standards and practice2. Exploration of how particular practices and approaches augment end of life care goals3. Techniques and strategies for introducing particular practices and approaches4. Assessment of the dying persons needs, interests, and culture to develop appropriate and effective strategies5. Integration of particular practices and approaches into a comprehensive end of life care plan6. Evaluation or capstone projects