Hospice Educational Opportunities


 Old Colony Hospice is committed to continuing education so we can help you help your patients.  Courses are designed to stimulate new thought processes and encourage dialogue. 


“Much education today is monumentally ineffective. 

All too often we are giving people cut flowers when

we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”

-John W. Gardner


Continued Education Course Offerings:

Most programs offer contact hours for Nurses and Social Workers,please ask when scheduling!


1: Everything you wanted to know about hospice but were afraid to ask

We address the who, what, when, where, why, and how of Hospice Care.

2: Helping your patients with a good death

The skills needed to provide quality  end of life care cannot be underestimated.  This lecture reviews signs of impending death, summarizes care and comfort techniques, and presents ways to help families cope after the loss of a loved one. 

3: Ethical dilemmas at end of life

When two core values conflict, what’s the right thing to do?  Ethical dilemmas occur often at end of life. This workshop formatted presentation explores these difficult situations.

4: Pain is not an option

Unfortunately, the dying process can be painful; here we discuss proper assessment and treatment of pain while dispelling some myths and misconceptions.

5: Alternative therapies in hospice

Hospice can provide more than medication and equipment, we provide other therapies too.  We’ll look at Reiki, Pet Therapy Music Therapy, Massage, Aromatherapy and others in this presentation. 

6: Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care (what’s the difference?)

There is much confusion around what constitutes palliative care and how it is different from hospice care.  This program will settle the question once and for all. 

7: Hospice eligibility

Assessing for hospice can be difficult and time consuming.  There is no crystal ball.  This offering explores the eligibility requirements set by Medicare and how the hospice team determines eligibility.

8: Caring for the caregiver (Compassion Fatigue)

Caring for the sick or elderly  can consume a lot of one’s energy and compassion.  What happens when that  well runs dry? 

9: Dementia and Hospice

The most frequent diagnosis we see in hospice is dementia, here we review what happens at the end stages of  disease and how to use non-pharmacological interventions in care.

10: Treating Delirium

Delirium or terminal agitation can be one of the more difficult symptoms to manage at end of life .  This program explores the different interventions for treating delirium.

11: Customize a Program to fit your needs



If you would like more information or would like to schedule a program, please contact Mike Cruza at 
781-341-4145 Ext 212 or email mcruza@oldcolonyhospice.com.  If you don’t see what you need, customized programs are available upon request.