Comfort approaches to feeding have been supported in clinical literature as alternatives to artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life. There is growing recognition of the importance of advanced care planning and discussions of end-of-life wishes.
This session addresses a care delivery innovation and outlines the development and implementation of a "Comfort Feeding Only" policy in the long-term care setting. Listeners will be able to identify the rationale for the use of a comfort feeding approach and will gain perspectives into how comfort feeding only affects inter-professional practice.
Date of presentation: June 2019
Jessica Davenport MHSc. S-LP, Reg.CASLPO is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Veterans and Palliative Care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto
Helen Yeung, MSc, RD is a Registered Clinical Dietitian, at the Veteran’s Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto