Quarantines and social distancing may trigger suicidal thoughts. Learn who is vulnerable, how you can assess suicidality and strategies you can utilize to prevent suicide in your home care population.
- Recall what associated health factors are that can contribute to suicide.
- Discuss how to identify who is at risk for suicide and the common risk factors and warning signs.
- Review the steps to take when suicide risk is identified.
- Explain strategies to prevent suicide in the home care population.
Katherine Vanderhorst, RN-BC, BSN, CCM is President/Owner of C&V Senior Care Specialists a board-certified mental health nurse and certified care manager. She has specialized in geriatric care in the inpatient, home health and home care industries, as well as has consulted and trained for over 10 years in Dementia Care and Behavioral Health care across the health care continuum. She is the co-developer of the Road to Wholeness Behavioral Health and Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer Programs. She is the co-author of three books on Dementia Care; Care Giving for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Compassionate Guide for Clinicians and Loved ones and Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer Resource Guide for Families (version 1 and 2) (co-authored with Dr. Craven). Katherine works to help families keep their loved ones in the least restrictive environment that maximizes their function and quality of life.
Dr. Amy Craven, PT, MS, DPT, CCM is Vice President/Owner of C&V Senior Care Specialists, a Doctor of physical therapy and Certified Case Manager specializing in geriatric care. For more than 30 years Dr. Craven has worked in healthcare in both clinical and leadership positions. She has managed and marketed both Home Health and Home Care in WNY as an Administrator for a national agency. Dr. Craven has co-published two books Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer: A Resource Guide for Families and Care Giving for Alzheimer’s disease and Activities Guide: The Importance of Activities in the Person with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. She has been an invited speaker and presented at numerous conferences and events throughout the U.S. Dr. Craven is a dedicated professional who offers a collaborative approach to training and development in Dementia/Alzheimer’s and Behavioral health care. She believes that caregivers both family
and professional can benefit from knowledge.