The Bristol Hospice team from across the U.S. is attending NHPCO’s 31st Management and Leadership Conference this week, in Washington, D.C.
We look forward to connecting with our colleagues during this full week of activities that will continue to spark the Bristol Hospice team with innovative ideas, strategies and tools to lead with great vision and creativity as we continue to transform hospice and palliative care for the future.
Also, we are proud to support the National Hospice Foundation as a Tanzanite Sponsor for this year’s Gala. During the Gala, Bristol Hospice will join industry leaders in honoring Don Schumacher, as he retires from his position at NHPCO at the end of 2016 and raise funds to support Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice national engagement campaign.
We are looking forward to connecting!
April 16 is National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD). Today there is a concerted effort to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. This year’s theme is “It’s Always Too Early, Until It’s Too Late, ” emphasizes the importance for patients to make clear their wishes regarding healthcare, and for providers to respect those wishes, no matter what they may be.
Advance care planning ensures that if you ever find yourself in a position where you cannot express your own wishes in matters of healthcare, there will be a system in place where your concerns will be voiced, and more importantly, heard. On NHDD, all adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they were unable to speak for themselves.
Bristol Hospice joins organizations across the U.S. that are focused on educating the public of the importance of advance care planning. Now is the time to consider healthcare choices if you are unable to speak for yourself. Decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know your wishes.
Consult with a Bristol Hospice representative for more information and visit the NHDD website to learn more.
National Volunteer Week is April 10 – 16. Supported by Points of Light since 1974, this week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.
At Bristol Hospice, we recognize that volunteers are an integral part of hospice care. Whether it is providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, or offering support to their family members and caregivers, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the hospice team.
Being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made a difference in another person’s life. Some examples of volunteer duties are:
- Providing companionship to a patient and their family
- Being a comforting and supportive presence
- Providing respite time for the patient’s caregivers
- Running errands or doing light housekeeping for the patient and family
- Community outreach
- Office Support
Especially during National Volunteer Week, we’d like to extend our utmost gratitude to all who serve as Bristol Hospice volunteers. You are our heroes!
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact us.
Bristol Hospice is proud to support Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. PDF has launched this year’s campaign #EndParkinsons. Click to learn more.
As an individual’s journey with Parkinson’s disease progresses, palliative care and hospice care can be added to provide comfort while being cared for at home or in a home-like setting. Although some think of hospice services for terminal cancer patients, anyone with limited life expectancy may qualify. Hospice support prioritizes care in comfort rather than aggressive treatment, stressing quality of life instead of quantity.
For more information regarding how hospice services supports individuals and families living with Parkinson’s disease, contact Bristol Hospice.
Sources: GetPalliativeCare.org; PDF.org
Since 1994, The American College of Health Care Administrators has sponsored this national observance each March. Long Term Care Administrator’s Week honors and celebrates the important role the administrator has in providing leadership for the delivery of quality, resident-centered care and a supportive work environment for staff.
The entire team at Bristol Hospice appreciates all that LTC Administrators do to support excellence in care delivery.
On February 25, Bristol Hospice ~ Sacramento was pleased to have CEO Dr. Stephen Leedy present, “The Future of Hospice – An Optimistic Prognosis,” at the Granite Bay Golf Club – Conservatory, in Granite Bay, CA.
Thank you to the more than 50 people who attended, including discharge planners, palliative care teams, physicians, Community Liaisons and LTC administrators.
Bristol Hospice-California, LLC announces Dr. David Casarett, M.D. presenting “Palliative Care – Comprehensive Longitudinal Advanced Illness Management” on Tuesday, July 16 at the Mercy Medical Pavillion in Merced, CA. David Casarett, M.D., MA, is the Director of Hospice & Palliative Care at the University of Pennsylvania and Health System Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The lecture will summarize, from an evidence-based perspective: The importance of early initiation of Palliative Care.
Bristol Hospice UT sponsors Special “Festival of Trees” event in coordination with Intermountain Health Cares Primary Childrens Medical Center. Bristol Salt Lake team donated a brilliant and festive tree in honor of one of their own RN case managers, Wendy Armstrong RN who passed away this past year. Each of the staff were involved in decorating and trimming the tree.
BRISTOL HOSPICE HAWAII organized and sponsored the “CELEBRATION OF LIFE” This Event took place at the Oahu Veterans Center, 1298 Kukila Street, Honolulu from 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM.
Bristol Hospice Sacramento Pinning Ceremonies held at community centers, Contracted Skilled Nursing Facilities with our Enlisted Servicemen Volunteers and Miss Placer County.