Educational Workshops For HealthCare Professionals

Grace Hospice:

Hospice 101: A Hospice Comprehensive Overview

The Hospice 101 in-service will discuss hospice eligibility as well as the wonderful benefits and services that can be expected with Hospice care. We will also share the facts about Hospice care and help address the common myths we encounter. Audience participation is encouraged as we look to learn about their individual experiences and concerns.

Hospice Triggers

This presentation goes into the basics of what hospice is including the questions of the, who, when, where and why hospice of hospice care. It then explores the regulatory requirements surrounding who is eligible for hospice services and how this is determined. This is a clinical presentation geared towards nursing staff.

Hospice and Advanced Directives

This presentation is great for staff/social workers interested in helping to provide more support for their patients and families in completing advanced directives and how that meshes with hospice planning. The learner will understand hospice care and be able to construct a framework for advanced care planning.

Hospice and Nursing Facility Collaboration and Compliance

This presentation is ideal for nursing facilities that care for hospice patients. Learners will identify the regulatory requirements that involve hospices working with Medicare patients in a nursing facility. We will outline the steps required to make sure ideal cares are given and the cooperation between facility and hospice staff is optimized. We will discuss how care plans are synchronized and documentation reflects collaboration of care.

Intended Audience: Administrators, Nurses and Social Workers

Professional Grief

The Professional Grief in-service explains how personal and professional grief differ and the need to acknowledge and attend to professional grief in order to continue to do caregiving work effectively and reduce compassion fatigue and burnout. The in-service will offer some ways to help professionals respond to the grief they experience in their daily work.

Intended Audience: Social Workers or Nurses

Being a Compassionate Spiritual Caregiver

The spiritual care presentation addresses the meaning of being a compassionate spiritual caregiver. Grace Hospice Chaplains will address the needs of those we care for, such as respect, connection, to give and to share, to be loved and affirmed and to be heard. Through this presentation, caregivers will learn how to evoke peace, joy, purpose and meaning in life.

Intended Audience: Nurses, Social Workers, Home Health Aides, Chaplains

Thank You is Not Enough: Helping Veterans Unburden at the End of Life

Many veterans carry un-mourned grief and shame. This presentation assists caregivers in understanding how they can provide support and help veterans release their loss and hurt.

Intended Audience: Nurses, Social Workers, Home Health Aides, Therapeutic Recreation and Chaplains


Elderspeak and Identity Subversion: A Leadership Challenge in Elder Services

Elderspeak, sometimes referred to as secondary baby talk, is a modified speech pattern marked by increased volume, simplified syntax, diminutives, collective pronouns, and terms of endearment. Research has found that elderspeak can lead to a diminished sense of self, yet it is a significant part of the speech environment for elders in institutions that are designed to provide care. For leadership in the growing field of elder services the use of elderspeak can undermine an organization’s mission by re-enforcing ageist stereotypes, creating a social divide, and breaking down communication between generations.


Gray Matters: Understanding Mental Illness in Older Adults

Gray Matters is a series of five educational programs available for people who work with older adults. Targeted audiences could include senior workers in assisted living, long-term care facilities, adult day programs, rehab facilities, senior centers and senior housing. Pastoral care, health clinic staff, parish nurses, case managers, Meals on Wheels volunteers, hospice staff and volunteer befrienders are also potential audiences. Gray Matters: Depression is a good first choice for programming if the audience has just beginning knowledge about older adults and mental illness. 

Gray Matters: Understanding Depression in Older Adults

Feelings of sadness, loneliness and grief are normal. However, when this sadness is intense, is felt for a long period of time, interferes with our ability to get along with others or to carry out the activities of everyday life…..then it could be depression. Join NAMI Minnesota to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, discrimination, treatment, recovery and resources for depression in older adults. Suicide prevention resources will also be briefly discussed. Depression is not a normal part of aging. This is a one and one-half hour program. 

Gray Matters: Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults

Learn symptoms and risk factors of anxiety disorders in older adults, the different types of anxiety disorders, treatment and management and resources to support older adults living with anxiety. This is a one and one-half hour program. 

Gray Matters: Mental Illness Co-Occurring with Dementia

Learn the basics of mental illness and dementia as well as the risk factors and warning signs of both disorders in older adults. Join NAMI Minnesota and the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota to discuss treatment, management and recovery. You will learn some strategies for working with someone living with both disorders and learn about resources for both conditions. This is a two and one-half hour program. 

Gray Matters: Understanding Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults

Learn why abuse of alcohol, drugs and prescription medications, among older adults, is one of the fastest growing health problems in the U.S. Recognize the negative consequences of improper use or overuse of those substances and identify age-related changes that can elevate an older adult’s sensitivity to their effects. Learn about co-occurring disorders and older adult resources. This is a two-hour program. Click here for currently scheduled public classes. Click here to request a private class.

Gray Matters: Understanding Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder in Older Adults

Learn the risk factors and warning signs of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder in older adults. Participants will also learn about treatment, management and recovery; learn strategies for working with someone with acute symptoms or emerging symptoms; and learn about suicide prevention resources and other resources for older adults. This is a two- hour program

Mental Illness and Post-Secondary Success

Mental Illness and Post-Secondary Success is a two-hour class for parents, post-secondary institutions, students and others supporting a person who is preparing for or engaged in academic life beyond high school.   Learn about available supports, academic strategies, school and community resources as well as helpful accommodations and modifications for qualifying students.  ADA guidance for students with disabilities is also covered. 

Older Adult Mental Health First Aid

Learn basic first aid skills needed to help an older adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Learn about common mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders with a focus on older adults. Understanding and recognizing the signs that someone needs help is the first step in getting that person appropriate care and treatment. Participants will receive a course manual and certificate. This nine hour workshop is for individuals seeking basic information on geriatric mental health issues and how to help someone in crisis. It is not intended for professionals who have a background in mental health. Participants must be present for entire curricula to receive certification. This is an eight-hour national certification program (nine hours with lunch and breaks). 

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide.  Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states. This 1.5 hour class is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention.

QPR Suicide Prevention for Agricultural Communities

NAMI Minnesota and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) are partnering to provide suicide prevention classes tailored to farming communities. Our aim is to change the public perception in agricultural communities and better equip the community to identify and help people who may be having thoughts of suicide. We offer a 1.5 hour suicide prevention program called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) to help individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevention a suicide.

Financial/Elder Law:

Who Should I Be Speaking With?

This session will explore the different fiduciary roles you encounter as a senior worker including Health Care Agent, Power of Attorney/Attorney-in-Fact, Trustee, Co-signer on an account, Executor, Personal Representative and more.

Veterans Benefits for Long Term Care

This session will cover medical benefits and long term care benefits for those who served and their surviving spouses. Even one day of service matters and may open the door to a host of benefits that can assist in your long term care plan! Topics include service-connected disabilities, access to the VA medical center, home and community services through the VA, pensions for assisted living and memory care and eligibility for the MN Veterans’ Homes.

Paying for Long Term Care (EW, CADI, ACG, ETC)

This session will focus on understanding how people pay for home care, day care, assisted living, memory care and nursing home care. Topics covered include Medicare,   Medicaid, long-term care insurance and private pay with emphasis on eligibility, asset protection and tax considerations.  We will also discuss the medical benefits and long-term care benefits for Veterans and their surviving spouses. 

Fire Arms & Older Adults – What You Need to Know

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Learn About Pre-Admission Screening and Other Services from the Senior Linkage Line

Affordable Housing Options for Seniors