Hospice Program Provides Template For Elderly Care Shortage

Passare.com shutterstock 228783433 Hospice Program Provides Template For Elderly Care Shortage Mental health Long Term Care Family End of Life Management End of life care It’s no secret our country needs more caregivers for the elderly. Nearly one in five Americans will be over 65 by 2030 while the number of Americans over 85 is expected to triple in the next 30 years. Who is working to solve this problem? It may surprise you to learn a New York high school hospice program is drawing attention as a sustainable template for the elder care shortage. A recent documentary tells the story of The Harley School’s innovative hospice class; the film is called “Beginning With The End, ” and it follows a group of teens taking the course as they learn how to care for people at the end of their life. The instructor of the hospice class, Bob Kane, tells his new students the same thing: “You will be in front of people whose lives are disappearing before your very eyes, and they know it.” The yearlong curriculum is a daily class with a minimum of eight hours of fieldwork a month. What’s remarkable about this story is the hospice class has become the most popular course at The Harley School. The documentary’s director, David Marshall, said he “hopes the story of Kane’s hospice class and the experiences of the students will help advance the conversation around how the U.S. cares for and treats an elderly population that’s actively dying.” Kane said he “hopes similar hospice initiatives involving high school students can be implemented. Groups and schools from Maine to Hawaii are interested. It can happen anywhere,” said Kane, “and I believe that because it happened here.” “Beginning With The End” premiered at the 2014 South By Southwest film festival to rave reviews. Read the story here and watch the trailer here. Save

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