Compassionate Communications

Jun 18, 2024

End-of-life planning can be a difficult conversation to have with those who are ill and their families. Director of Social Services Gloria Horton, BA, CSW, CDP, CDVC, recently addressed that topic for professionals at a Rutgers Health School of Nursing forum.

Called Resources for Better Patient Outcomes, the forum held on May 7 at the Rutgers Medical Sciences Building in Newark was organized to broaden the knowledge and experiences of Medical Case Managers and Case Managers. During Ms. Horton’s presentation on end-of-life planning, she discussed the importance of incorporating healthcare directives into initial and clinical assessments.

In addition, Ms. Horton provided resources including a booklet in English and Spanish called The Five Wishes that considers personal, emotional, and spiritual needs, as well as medical preferences, in developing a living will. She also presented other information relevant to attendees, including the indigent burial program available through funeral homes and the steps to apply for burial assistance.

Ms. Horton was accompanied to the event by Broadway House Admissions Director Chidera Ekweghariri, who introduced Case Managers in attendance to the services available at Broadway House.