Deadra’s Story: A Moment in the Life of a Family

Thursday, April 21, 2016: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
National Harbor 4 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Anita Brikman, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, VA, Stephen Goldfine, MD, DABFP, CAQGM, DABHP, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, Marlton, NJ, Marianne Holler, DO, MSW, VNA Health Group, Red Bank, NJ, J. Schumacher, PsyD, Alexandria, VA, Darryl Gladden, Alexandria, VA and Andrea Gladden, Alexandria, VA
Deadra Gladden and her family learned about palliative care in the most personal way. Diagnosed with lupus as a teen, Deadra and her family were able to live life to its fullest with the support of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice.  In this exceptional session, Deadra's parents Andrea and Darryl Gladden, along with her physicians Dr. Stephen Goldfine and Dr. Marianne Holler, will join NHPCO’s Don Schumacher and Anita Brikman as they explore the elements of palliative care that allow for the best possible experiences for both patients and families.

In the final weeks of her life, Deadra transitioned to hospice care. She died on January 15, 2016 at the age of 29.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the role of palliative care in chronic illness management
2. Discuss the benefits of palliative care for the entire family system
3. Evaluate strategies for pain management and emotional support

CE/CME: Counselor, Nurse, Physician and Social Worker