To schedule a speaker please call or email Karen Hagen
or Pam Kitterman at 815.756.3000, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Speakers Bureau includes DeKalb County Hospice staff and volunteers available to come onsite to give a presentation to your group, organization or class on the topics listed inside.
If you have other related topics or needs, please let us know and we will customize a presentation to suit those needs.
The Speakers Bureau is free of charge, and the presentations are of varying lengths. Please share the size of your group and desired length of time for the presentation when you make your request.
Clinical Education Topics
Learn the basics of hospice: criteria for admission, the Medicare / insurance benefit, service provided in the home or nursing home, focus on the whole person (physical, emotional, and spiritual), managing pain and symptoms, supporting and teaching caregivers, volunteer opportunities, and bereavement care.
Conversations for the Living
While death is a difficult topic, there are conversations and actions that may greatly affect the life you live and the decisions that others may make regarding you or your estate. Planning for the future can help assure that loved ones have the information and tools they need whenever the time comes. This is a 4 – 6 session series.
Understanding Advanced Directives
Advanced directives can help protect your right to choose your care and help family and physician know your wishes when end of life comes. These include Do Not Resuscitate, Power of Attorney for Health Care and Property, Living Will, and the 5 Wishes.
Dignity in End of Life Care
Learn the "Bill of Patient’s Rights"... the patient has the right to be in control, have a sense of purpose, know the truth, be comfortable, touch and be touched, laugh, cry, express anger, explore the spiritual, and have a sense of family.
We Honor Veterans
Gain insight about veterans and how their military experience may impact their end of life experience.
Gain greater understanding about spirituality in end of life care.
Hospice Music Therapy
A large body of research supports the use of music therapy in the hospice setting as positively effecting pain management, emotional support, spiritual enrichment and quality of life. This presentation includes a combination of information sharing, story telling and musical examples.
Volunteers are vital to fulfilling the mission of DeKalb County Hospice. Find out what volunteer opportunities are available that best fit you. Also available for presentation is how to recruit, retain and recognize volunteers in your organization.
Presented will be the key elements that make communication with people who are ill meaningful and uplifting... attention, acknowledgement, affection, and acceptance.
Education on specific topics (such as communication, stress management, honoring emotions, decision making, and local resources) will support caregivers and help them find balance in their lives.
Helping Those Who are Grieving
The bereaved need understanding and non-judgmental companionship more than they need casseroles and advice. Learn how to gently support those you know who are grieving whether it's expressing your condolences or journeying with them as they heal.
Children and Grief
Learn about childhood grief and how to support children following the loss of a special person.
Hope at the Holidays
The holidays and any special date on the calendar can be overwhelming and filled with anxiety, sorrow, and dread. Learn how to make it through holidays and special dates in the healthiest and most healing ways possible for you.