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Caregiving at the End of Life - Issues and Considerations

1.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe family and caregiver issues related to end-of-life care, including patient rights and the ethical principles of caregiving; behavioral, nutritional, and safety issues of caregiving; and integrative health methods of supporting caregiver well-being.
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Caregivers are individuals who provide care to an individual who needs assistance. Caregivers can be professionals but are often unpaid individuals who support a loved one through an illness or the last phase of life. The experience can be immensely gratifying and rewarding as well as challenging and stressful. By anticipating the demands of end-of-life, caregiving can shift the journey to one in which support focuses on acceptance and healing.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe key caregiver issues.
  • Identify ethical principles of caregiving.
  • Explain patient rights.
  • Explain behavioral, nutritional, and safety issues of caregiving.
  • Discuss integrative health methods of supporting caregiver well-being.

Caregivers provide support to someone who needs assistance through an illness or the last phase of life. Caregivers can be professional or informal providers (such as friends and/or family related to the individual needing care). Being a caregiver requires a commitment of time, energy, and support. For the professional or unpaid caregiver, the experience can be immensely rewarding and gratifying. It can also be filled with frustration, challenges, and physical and mental stress. When the caregiver is providing assistance to someone at the end of life, the experience may also be filled with mixed emotions, and times of reflection, for both the dying person and the caregiver (American Hospice Foundation, 2013).

In the final stages of a terminal or irreversible illness, care priorities shift. Instead of focusing on curative measures, the focus usually changes to palliative care for the relief of pain, symptoms, and emotional stress. One of the primary roles of any caregiver during the final months, weeks, or days of a life is ensuring that the individual receives quality care in all its aspects. Anticipating the demands of end-of-life caregiving can shift the journey to one in which support focuses on acceptance and healing (Helpguide.org, 2013).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

May 30, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.