, a thousand hospice
programs have relied on JoAnne Chitwood's My Gift: Myself
Medicare approved training program to educate staff and volunteers in
providing professional, compassionate care for the terminally ill
Now, the entire training program has
been revised and completely refilmed in high definition, packed with
amazing stories from front line hospice caregivers and administrators.
Sharing their best experiences and advice are volunteers, nurses,
physicians, music thanatologists, therapists, administrators,
chaplains, and even specialists with therapy animals.
In a dramatic redesign of the entire
training concept, My Gift: Myself, A
Guide To Excellence in End Of Life Care now has a core training program
of 7 DVD's and a volunteer manual that covers all the basic training.
JoAnne is creating specialty supplements, manuals, and DVD's that
address many facilities and professional caregivers that have not
previously had Hospice training available. Now, this excellent hospice
training will be extended to long term care facilities, the VA
healthcare system, prison hospice programs, physican and chaplain
advisors, and will even offer approved training for RN's and CNA's to
be certified in hospice & palliative care. Karin O'Conner,
Volunteer Coordinator for Housecall Providers Hospice in Portland, OR,
was so excited about the new concept that she helped coordinate
interviews with many Oregon providers. Regarding the new My
Gift: Myself, A
Guide To Excellence in End Of Life, Karin confirmed that "There's
nothing like it on the market today!" The Core Program DVD's and Hospice Volunteer Manuals are available now,
specialty materials should be released in 2014 - 2015. The Hospice Volunteer Manual
has been republished as a single manual - with 272
pages of directed information, exercises and skill checks. Future
specialty materials for formal training will follow the
same format as the hospice volunteer programs now available. Specialty
DVD training for RN CHPN certification training and a Hospice Nurses
manual are now available on our RN Certification
The 7 DVD Core Program presents seven
comprehensive chapters of training covering:
1. What's It All About?
"Concepts in End Of Life Care" where caregivers explore the Hospice
concept and learn what end of life care is all about.
2. What Can I Do?
"Activities and Interventions" that caregivers can engage in to provide
effective comfort and support to their patients and patient families.
3. The Greatest Gift
"Learning to Listen With Love" focuses on developing the communication
skills that are at the heart of successful support systems.
4. Physical Care "When
A Patient Is Dying" desribes what to expect from patients with
different diagnoses and how to provide the best final care.
5. Things Of The Spirit "Providing
Spiritual Care" coaches caregivers on ways to be sensitive to a dying
person's spiritual needs.
6. A Time For Grief
"Understanding The Grief Process" looks at one of the most important
parts of care of the terminally ill: offering effective and appropriate
support for the grieving family. Here caregivers learn how to process
their own grief and to understand the grief of others.
7. Caring For You "Focusing
on Healthy Self Care" addresses how to prevent burnout by understanding
the signs of stress and learning ways to diminish its impact
- Here are links to pdf files showing
representative pages from the Hospice Volunteer Manual,
and also the Volunteer Coordinator's Manual. These
manuals can also be accessed from the new Power
Of MGM page.
- Below is a Video preview of the newly
refilmed Core Program training: