The Continuing Education Committee with Buncombe County's Department of Social Services is offering a continuing education class on Apirl 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with registration begining at 8:30 a.m.  Lunch will also be serviced from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. and Cane Creek Pharmacy will be giving away a $50.00 gift card during lunch!!  The cost of this class is only $25.00 per person and that fee covers Continuing Education Hours, Certification, and Lunch.

The topics to be covered are: Understanding Advanced Care Planning and Hospice & Palliative Care Services.  Joseph Jones, MSW is the Palliative Care Coordinator & Adult Care Home Liaison at Community Care of WNC and he will be discussing Advanced Care Planning, including: Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney, 5 Wishes & MOST Forms.  Laura Baker-Seseika, is the Hospice Marketing / Clinical Educational Coordinator with CarePartners  and Karen Lowe, RN is the Community Liaison with CarePartners.  Laura and Karen will be discussing Palliative Care.

Joseph Jones, MSW, is the Palliative Care Coordinator & Adult Care Home Liaison at Community Care of WNC.


After several years of experience in community-based services for older adults, Joseph completed a Master's of Social Work degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009 with a focus on gerontology. As the Palliative Care Coordinator for Community Care of Western North Carolina (CCWNC), Joseph provides training and support for CCWNC care managers around advanced care planning conversations and palliative care services. He is a Respecting Choices® certified trainer for the MOST form and facilitator of advanced care planning conversations. As the Adult Care Home Liaison for CCWNC, Joseph works directly with assisted living providers for the benefit of the Carolina Access Medicaid population.

Laura Baker-Seseika, B.S. Advertising & Marketing, Hospice Marketing / Clinical Educational Coordinator at CarePartners.

Laura has 25+ years in the healthcare industry, including 7+ years working with health care professionals, patients and families who are facing the decisions involved for those with terminal diagnosis. Her passion is helping elders and their loved ones obtain the healthcare information they need to have in order to make the decisions that are right for them. Currently, Laura specializes in bringing end of life education and resources to patients, families and the professionals who serve them.

Karen Lowe, RN, at CarePartners. 

Karen, RN is also certified in Geriatric Education and Public Speaking.  In serving CarePartners and the community for 27 years, Karen has vast experience and a history of management, case management and clinical recruitment. She currently serves as community liaison in long-term care facilities and physicians' offices.

You can register for this class by contacting Linda Mitchell at (828)645-3094(828)645-3094 or e-mailing larrym7@charter.net.  Please pre-register and pre-pay by March 27th in order to receive lunch! $5.00 late fee if payment is received after March 27th. Limited Seating Available!!  Please make checks payable to The CEU Committee and send to P.O. Box 1807, Leicester, NC 28748

The class will be held at Land of Sky Regional Council, located at 338 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville, NC 28806.  The directions are as follows:
From Patton Ave., take New Leicester Hwy. Travel approximately 2 miles and
Land of Sky Regional Council will be on the right. (It's just past the CVS and just before McDonalds, behind the ABC Store.)