Establishing a Palliative Care Program in Long-Term Care

Establishing a formalized palliative care program involves three critical pieces: providing education, using a team approach and assessing for the five domains of pain (physical, social, familial, psychiatric and emotional pains). It involves caring for the whole person, not just his or her physical needs. In this webinar, Sr. M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm., who is director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology, will describe the model of care being implemented by the facilities sponsored, co-sponsored or served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Too, she will discuss how to achieve a sustainable Palliative Care program in long-term care including best practices and overcoming barriers.


After participating in the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the four elements of a palliative care program: education, assessment, teamwork and reevaluation
  • Understand how culture change and palliative care are related
  • Implement and sustain a palliative care program

Who Should Attend

This webinar is relevant for:

  • Mission and spiritual care leaders
  • LTC administrators
  • LTC board members
  • LTC nurses
  • Sponsors of systems that have LTC facilities
  • Other clinicians


Feb. 22, 2017
3 to 4 p.m. ET

Registration Fee

CHA Members: Free
Other Registrants: $35

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Questions? Email CHA or call (800) 230-7823.



Sr. M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm., BA, LNHA
Avila Institute of Gerontology

Sr. M. Peter Lillian di Maria has over 35 years' experience in the continuum care ministry as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm. Sr. Peter Lillian di Maria has served her community in many administrative positions and has lectured many times on Alzheimer's disease, palliative care, geriatric spiritual care, family care issues, stress reduction, leadership development and team building. Sr. Peter Lillian di Maria has developed successful dementia-care programs, dementia care curriculums and assisted in developing a palliative care resource manual that is specific for geriatric care. Over the past 15 years, she and the Avila Institute of Gerontology have worked with many congregations concerning aging issues, as well as providing congregational management and education services. She has a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education and currently holds three state licenses as a nursing home administrator.
Murphy_Joan_thumbJoan Murphy, MSW, LICSW
Director of Social Services
St. Patrick’s Manor
Gracey_Geraldine_thumbGeraldine Gracey, RN, BA, CRRN
Clinical Instructor
St. Patrick’s Manor

Certificate of Attendance

Please note CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

CHA Member Benefit

CHA's webinars are designed to offer timely, convenient, relevant, cost-effective education about key topics and issues.

Participant/Site Coordinator Role

As a participant, you will receive dial-in instructions and webinar materials one week prior to the webinar via email. These materials will come to you from "CHA Service Center," so please watch for that email address. Be sure to have these materials ready the day of the webinar so that you can easily access the event and utilize the materials.

If you have registered and are convening a group of participants, please consider yourself the "site coordinator" and review the following suggested recommendations for serving in that role on behalf of the group.

More information

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event and you are interested in the program, we encourage you to register as you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar when we distribute the evaluation email. The archived version will allow you to view the webinar when your schedule permits.


For more information, contact CHA Service Center or Julie Trocchio, CHA senior director of community benefit and continuing care.