On Thursday, April 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Palliative Care program will present the 2017 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon, hosted at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.
Stephen Kerner, DO, and Donna Becker, Medical Social Worker, will be discussing the new palliative care program in Florence and the successes and challenges they have encountered in the community thus far while implementing the plan.
Palliative care programs serve patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and desire alleviation of symptoms — whether social, physical, emotional or spiritual.
Patients can receive palliative care at any time and at any stage of illness, whether terminal or chronic.
Though both palliative care and hospice care programs focus on pain and symptom management, palliative care programs also include treatment options.
Also this month, the Palliative Care program is hosting a series of classes designed to train prospective volunteers to work directly with palliative care patients in the community.
The trainings will be held at Lane Community College and include an overview of palliative care, the role of the palliative care team and the volunteer, and communication and spirituality.
Patient support volunteer classes will be limited to 18 members, and are held every Monday through May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Anyone interested in becoming a palliative care volunteer, or for more information, contact Donna Becker at [email protected] or call her at 541-902-6734.