The Distinct Role of Occupational Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care


About the Course  

This intermediate-level course provides specific and specialized information beyond the education and typical experience of the occupational therapy generalist.  Differences between palliative care and hospice care are explored from an occupational therapy (OT) perspective.  The transition from a rehabilitation, occupational performance mindset to an end of life, occupational participation perspective is highlighted.  The course provides a foundation of the philosophy and practice of end-of-life care and prepares the OT practitioner for more non-traditional, non-progressive, high priority, and time-sensitive goals and treatment plans. The course keeps an occupation-based perspective beyond the traditional 9 occupational categories of Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 4th Edition (OTPF 4).   As a part of the interdisciplinary team, the course also provides OT non-pharmacological interventions for symptom management, prevention and safety. Multiple case studies are presented.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Relate 3 factors which inhibit the implementation of OT in hospice.  
  • Justify 3 unique benefits of the occupational therapy professionals in hospice.
  • Distinguish between goals and interventions which are performance-based versus participation-based with client progressive decline.
  • Develop and coordinate 2 occupational therapy interventions for client-centered, family-centered, and/or caregiver-centered goals in case studies.
  • Acknowledge a cultural difference the learner may have with a potential client re: end of life care. 

About the Author/Presenter

Lynda Lemisch, OTD, OTR/L, CLCP, CAPS, has been an occupational therapist for over 36 years, with 12 years of experience in homecare and hospice prior to becoming a full-time educator. She has been trained with a multi-disciplinary cohort in the ELNEC (End of life Nursing Education Consortium) Core Curriculum. She has developed programs for, and trained hospice volunteers and CNAs.  As a Clinical Assistant Professor at St. Joseph’s University (formerly, the University of the Sciences), Dr. Lemisch annually and passionately presents lectures on Hospice and OT.  She has also presented this topic at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. 

How to Receive Credit  

  • View the entire recording which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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