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“With dementia, by the time you get to the point of having to decide what you want done, you’ve largely lost the capacity to do so....Interviews with families have shown that 90 percent want comfort care at the end of life. Only 10 percent would opt for longevity.”

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The extent of his end-of-life training amounted to an hour of discussion in the first two years of medical school, explained Atul Gawande, renown author and surgeon.“You go in focusing on wanting to be a hero and fix things. Teaching people in med school what it means to be an effective clinician for giving people cutting-edge care for quality of life — as opposed to quantity of life — is a neglected skill.” This article describes a Massachusetts intiative (including Harvard and Tufts medical schools) to train physicians in end-of-life care, including the future use of computerized mannequins for real-life scenarios. http://www.bostonherald.com/lifestyle/health/2018/04/death_is_not_a_failure_medical_schools_adapt_end_of_life_lessons

To toot our own horn, we are WAY ahead of this curve! Did you know that Trustbridge is the first health care organization in the U.S. to develop a simulator training lab for palliative care? We use the computerized mannequins to give new employees hands-on, interactive training and enhance skills for our clinical staff. We also have a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (a partnership with University of Miami School of Medicine) that trains physicians in the speciality of end-of-life care. We're experts in quality-of-life care and it benefits our community!

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (April 2, 2018) – Trustbridge is pleased to announce that the not-for-profit, end-of-life care provider has been selected to receive a $50,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the Sea Star children’s grief support program, which brings valuable bereavement support to children and teenagers in Broward County.

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In light of the mass shootings in schools, children have been exposed to trauma, which may result in them feeling confused, frightened and helpless. These feelings may be overlooked or minimized. For this reason, it’s important for adults to respond with comfort and support. It can be tough to talk about, but you can be the greatest strength for your child, and they can be yours.

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Sometimes, the family caregiver is a child. Support is available once they are identified. Here’s one local boy’s story.

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