ExpiredHospice & Palliative Care Chaplain Peer Group

  • May 26, 2020
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Our next virtual meeting will be on Tuesday, May 26th at 11:30 am. Thank you Sue Davidson for hosting this again!  Below is a summary of our last call.

Topic: Chaplain Conversations
Time: May 26, 2020, 03:00 AM Eastern Time (the US and Canada)

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Topics discussed on May 12th:


  • Increased use of telehealth. Training for telehealth includes requirements for getting approval from DPOA for some facility patients and finding an ally in the nursing home to hold the phone when the Chaplain calls.
  • Increased efforts to send cards to facility patients
  • Discussion about holding family meetings via face time and thoughts about gradually resuming in-person visits
  • Example of one patient that does not want phone calls but requests that chaplain visit on a warm day when they could sit on the porch to have a conversation
  • Examples of utilizing volunteer skills right now to keep them engaged with staff and patients. Some making masks or delivering supplies to do mailings.  Also special requests like baking for a patient.
  • Resumption of Living with Loss Group via zoom
  • Long discussion about the impact of isolation on patients in facilities. Current policies include patients needing to stay in their rooms at all times. No communal meals or activities and no visits by family or friends
    • Evidence of patient physical decline accelerating because of isolation
    • The impact of isolation is especially confusing for those living with dementia.  Staff reports that these people may feel abandoned because they don’t understand why family is not visiting and they sometimes feel like they are being punished because they have to stay in their rooms. Masks being worn by staff and visitors can also be scary for those with dementia.
    • It is also being realized that those in isolation are more distressed when watching the news on TV.  Encourage people to watch something else like the Hallmark channel.
    • It was pointed out that people at home may be equally isolated due to no one visiting them.  Hospice staff may be the only visitors during the week.



Janice McDermott

Director of Hospice & Palliative Care

Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of NH

603 225 5597


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