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You Can Make a Difference: Optimizing Respiratory Health for ALS Patients (Webinar)

You Can Make a Difference: Optimizing Respiratory Health for ALS Patients (Webinar)

Thursday, February 22, 2024 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (EST)


In this life-saving webinar, we will explore how each Allied Health professional and caregiver can take an active role in optimizing respiratory health for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients and clients. 

This webinar will help your organization to have the confidence to accept the next ALS patient referral. This program is fully intended for professionals who work with ALS patients infrequently. It will provide an overview of how respiratory health is impacted by ALS and ways the entire healthcare team can intervene to improve patients' quality of life through better respiratory function. 

ALS is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is a cruel disease that gradually paralyzes all voluntary muscles, robbing patients the ability to speak, eat, move, and eventually breathe. There is no cure for ALS yet with death resulting mainly from respiratory failure three to five years after symptom onset. As the exact underlying causative pathological pathway is unclear and potentially diverse, finding a suitable therapy to slow down or possibly stop disease progression remains challenging. 

The ALS Association is urgently working towards making ALS a livable disease for everyone, everywhere, until we can cure it. You and your clinicians and caregivers can truly help make a difference and enhance quality of life for your patients and clients if you understand what to look for and interventions that you can implement on their behalf.

Sign up today for this webinar so you can learn what active role you and your team can take to optimize respiratory health for ALS patients. Additionally, receiving an ALS diagnosis is often a prolonged process, so this education will also assist your patients and clients who are experiencing mobility or breathing issues that have not yet been diagnosed with ALS too. 

Please do not turn down referrals for patients and clients who have or may have ALS. They deserve to live at home if that’s what they and their families are wanting to do. Learn how you can help optimize their respiratory health and keep them from being forced to live in an institutional setting.  

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ALS. 
  • Identify clinical practice guidelines for treating patients ALS. 
  • Appreciate how ALS impairs respiratory health. 
  • Identify respiratory compromise through observation and interview. 
  • Identify interventions that can decrease the work of breathing. 
  • Appreciate the value of pulmonary function tests specific to ALS. 
  • Understand respiratory treatment options so you can incorporate them into your patient's plan of care.  
  • Acknowledge how informed decision-making and timely interventions can enhance quality of life.

fire Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in your patients’ lives that have been diagnosed with ALS as well as those that have not yet. Secure your spot today!

Meet the Speaker

Heran Sisay, M.A.
The ALS Association

Heran Sisay is the Managing Director of Care Services for the Southeast territory of the ALS Association. Since joining the ALS Association 19 years ago, her unwavering commitment has been to ensure that every individual living with ALS has access to exceptional care and effective treatments.

Continuing Education

This program provides 1.0 continuing education unit for skilled nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology.

Program Sponsor

HCAF offers a multitude of ways for home care industry vendors to promote their products and services, including education program sponsorships. Interested in sponsoring the webinar? Contact us for details.


Register online or call (850) 222-8967 to register by phone. HCAF members receive a registration discount! To receive the discount, please log in to your profile before registering.

Registration fees for this program are as follows:

HCAF Members: $19
Prospective Members: $38

Please log in to the program at least 15 minutes prior to the start time. Additional logins will be charged an additional registration fee. . By registering for this event, you are agreeing to our payments, cancellation, and substitution policies.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (EST)

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