Health education center collaborates with hospice
EASTON — The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center recently collaborated with Talbot Hospice in Easton to host a Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team workshop that exposes health care students to the field of geriatrics and interdisciplinary health care teams.
Eleven students from various health care programs including medicine, nursing, social work and dietetics attended the training. The GAIT program is supported by an annual grant from the University System of Maryland Redeployment Grant System to the University of Maryland, Baltimore Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program. Funding allows students from any of the USM campuses to attend. Participating campuses for this GAIT training included University of Maryland Baltimore, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Students were able to interact with the hospice interdisciplinar y team and speak with a hospice patient during the two-day workshop. Students learned about communicating with the hospice patient and family from Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Shelly Kulp. The dying process was explained by Director of Clinical Services Molly Kirsch.
Clinical Pharmacist at Shore Regional Health and Consultant Pharmacist for Talbot Hospice Donald D’Aquila presented on “Medication Management at End of Life.” Another component of the workshop was led by ESAHEC’s GAIT Coordinator Lisa Widmaier. Students participated in an aging simulation exercise aimed at increasing awareness of the sensory deprivation that some older adults experience, as well as increasing empathy for these individuals.
For more information on GAIT programs, call the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center at 410221-2600.