Services Spotlight

Person-Centered End-of-Life Care Series

Person-centered end-of-life care honors patients’ wishes, supports patients, families and healthcare teams in being on the same page about the patient’s preferences and priorities and strives to bring comfort to loved ones and staff members through the adoption of meaningful end-of-life practices and traditions.  Planetree’s Person-Centered End-of-Life Care curriculum is comprised of six modules each exploring a different component of end-of-life care, and imparting practical strategies for discussing and documenting end of life goals and wishes and ensuring those preferences are honored. The modules cover:

  • Introduction to Person-Centered End-of-Life Care: An overview of end-of-life practices, initiatives and reimbursement changes
  • Having the Conversation: Fitting end-of-life goals into the caring relationship
  • Chronic Disease, Palliative Care and End-of-Life: Honoring Preferences in complex cases
  • Supporting Staff with End-of-Life
  • Honoring Life: Memorializing persons through end-of-life practices and traditions

For more information, contact Jim Kinsey at 203-732-1365 or email

In addition, listen to the recently recorded webinar Advance Care Planning: From Compensation to Competence and Confidence to ensure your organization is prepared for the introduction of Medicare’s new billing codes and provider reimbursement rates for advanced care planning.

Care Partner Program Workshop

As a result of recent state and federal legislation, hospitals across the United States are being mandated by the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act, also known as the CARE Act, to provide support for patients to designate an informal caregiver in their medical record, and to provide instruction and demonstration to help the family care partner better support the patient after discharge.  Though many hospital incorporate some of these activities as a part of discharge planning, the CARE Act requires that the processes be hard-wired and comprehensive, recognizing in statue the important role that a caregiver plays in caring for a patient when they leave the hospital. Better prepared care partners contribute to lower avoidable readmission rates.

In response to this recent legislation, and in continuance of our work with healthcare organizations around the world creating sustainable care partner programs, Planetree is offering customizable training and workshops to help hospitals be better prepared to meet this need.  Designed to be delivered in three 2-hour sessions to hospital leaders and/or team members responsible for development and implementation of their own organization’s CARE Act Care Partner Program, the series is easily modifiable for in-person delivery over one day. Whether from a single facility or multiple organizations, participants come together collaboratively and engage in learning, discussion, planning, and design activities during and between modules.

For additional information and to schedule Care Partner Education for your organization contact:

Cathy Desautels, RN, MBA
Senior Experience Advisor

To learn more, follow this link to register for the upcoming webinar, Implementing a Care Partner Program: The Epitome of Family Engagement, on February 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm EST.