7:15 check-in for registered guests – complimentary Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
Preview of edited video in Theater (10 mins) Living with Dementia/Alheimers – How shall we respond?
Registration ends at noon on Wednesday, April 5th – No registration at-the-door!
9:00 Welcome and Introduction: keynote speaker – Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD.
Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) – it’s special place in our
American culture, ethics, and law as regards End-of-Life Decision-Making.
10:00 Survey of end-of-life choices: North America versus Western Europe.
10:40 Breakout Presentations: in-depth exploration, discussion & Q&A
Three hypothetical potential VSED patients and families:
case 1-DIRECT …… case 2-UNCERTAIN ….. case 3-COMPLICATED
Morning Theme: For the Hospice-eligible patient seeking VSED nursing support:
the ethical, legal, clinical issues for the patient & family caregiver
10:40-11:50 John Moskop, PhD – Medical Bioethicist
Ethical issues– in simpler case – alternative strategies: How might the patient and family approach the ethical issues about early onset of death with the choice of VSED?
10:40-11:50 Mark Corbett, MD – Hospice Physician
Clinical issues– in simpler case – is it generally expected with Hospice nurse support that a family caregiver can manage pain, discomforts, hygiene with VSED?
10:40-11:50 Kevin Diaz, JD – Legal Advocate
Legal issues – various EOL legal and medical documents (ACD, HCPOA, MOST, competency exam) to perfectly or usually avoid legal controversy with VSED?
10:40-11:50 Community Watchfulness – Concerns about independent decision-making – VSED: competence, coercion, elder abuse? When these issues come into focus for law enforcement?
Afternoon Theme: For the UNCERTAIN case and the COMPLICATED case
Case 2: with clinically uncertain “imminent-death” – what are the obstacles to a patient choosing to start VSED? The practical alternatives to provide medical/nursing support.
Case 3: with complicated questions of patient consent, mental capacity, possible coercive influence – what are the obstacles to surrogate decision-making for VSED?
– summary of booklet: Guide for VSED At-Home Family-Caregivers
1:00-4:00 Plenary session – 3 presenters – then moderated panel discussion & Q&A
1:40-2:10 Mark Corbett, MD – case 2: challenges and clinical alternatives when a competent patient chooses VSED before imminent-death.
2:10-2:40 John Moskop, PhD – case 2/3: ethical challenges in decision-making situations such as before imminent-death or absent cognitive competence.
2:40-3:10 Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD – case 2/3: without imminent-death or without competence – what is the surrogate decision-maker to do? how compelling is the patient’s earlier ACD affirmation, other forms/media to show intention – now that years later they can not decide? Can their surrogate rely upon it? Would the court be persuaded by it?
3:25 Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A – Moderator Rosemarie Tong, PhD
4:00 Conference closing – evaluations, CEU certificates, sponsor thanks!
Davidson College campus – public is invited free-of-charge – Davidson NC
open seating Hance Auditorium in the Chambers Building .
parking near campus venue or easy walk from restaurants in quaint college town.
6:30-8:00 Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD
. Withholding Food & Fluids in Advanced Dementia – is it ethical and legal?
Standard Conference Registration $45
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Continuing Education: Certificates of attendance to be provided to participants will include the agenda and speaker vitae in a form which can then be submitted to your state licensing agency. Six hours Social Work continuing education credits have been officially endorsed by NASW-NC. Three hours attorney continuing legal education credits have been approved by the North Carolina Bar.
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