Is there such a thing as waiting too long to use hospice?

Is there such a thing as waiting too long to use hospice?

Sharing a ConsumerReports.com article about “how waiting too long to use hospice care can make suffering at end-of-life worse.”

According to the article:
Many people who are near the end of life wait too long to enter hospice care, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

In hospice care, attempts to cure a disease are usually replaced with treatments solely for pain and suffering, delivered by a specialized team. It usually includes medical and nursing care, counseling and social services, and it can be given at home, in a nursing home or in a hospital facility.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Memorial Day honors America ’s fallen heroes and celebrates their sacrifice so they are never forgotten. Cities throughout the U.S. celebrate those who have bravely served our country. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country.

Hospice-Veteran Partnerships (HVP) are coalitions of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, community hospices and others working together to ensure that excellent care at the end of life is available for our nation’s Veterans and their families.

Bristol Hospice’s professionals are on a mission to learn how to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience. We proudly support our Veterans by being a Hospice Partner and receiving certification through the We Honor Veterans program. We Honor Veterans a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) invites hospices to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment.

By becoming a We Honor Veteran Partner, our staff is better prepared to:

There are four levels of certification in the program. Bristol Hospice programs are proud to have achieved the following We Honor Veterans certification levels:

  • Level 1 Certification (Provide Veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers, and identify patients with military experience): Bristol Hospice~Stockton; Bristol Hospice~Pathways; Judith Karman Bristol Hospice
  • Level 3 Certification (Develop and strengthen relationships with VA medical centers and other Veteran organizations): Bristol Hospice~Texas; Bristol Hospice~Georgia; Bristol Hospice~Oregon
  • Level 4 (The highest level of certification. Increase access and improve quality of care for Veterans in your community): Bristol Hospice~California; Bristol Hospice~Hawaii, Bristol Hospice~Sacramento; Bristol Hospice~Utah

We are proud to honor our Veterans and support increasing access to quality care. Our locations are available for admissions during the holiday weekend and offer the following:

  • Special care of Veterans
  • Pinning ceremonies attendance
  • Providing flags to each Veteran

Learn more about our program and how we support locally, please contact us.

We are graciously committed to serving

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Hospice care, centers on the patient and family. The goal of the professionals at Bristol Hospice is to empower to make choices regarding care and assistance. The team serves as an advocate, helping to access the information and resources needed during this very challenging time.

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“I am very grateful and thankful for the wonderful services provided by the Bristol Hospice representatives. They were all so helpful.”
~ A surviving family member

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve with the highest level of compassion, respect and quality of care. Contact us to learn more about our services.

Bristol Hospice is Proud to Support NHPCO and NHF!

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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!

Bristol Hospice- Utah, LLC is the first Hospice Agency in the nation to achieve Level 4 status in the ‘We Honor Veterans’ Program.

We Honor Veterans” (WHV) program is a hospice caring campaign co-created by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to improve the care Veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers.

Bristol Hospice-Utah, LLC recognizes and honors the role our Veterans have willingly played in the freedoms we enjoy today. It is our commitment to that honor to support Veteran-specific care.

Congratulations Bristol Hospice Utah LLC for being the first Hospice Provider in the nation to achieve the highest level in the “We Honor Veterans” program.

If you would like more information regarding the ‘We Honor Veterans’ program please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

Brown Study Submitted

Bristol Hospice is pleased to announce that we have submitted the Brown Study today.  Bristol was invited to submit data through utilization our Suncoast Solutions Product.  The Brown study conducts a thorough analysis of data on hospice service use and costs to construct potential models for payment and assess the impact of each on the hospice industry.  The efforts of each member of the Bristol Hospice Team contributed to our submission and the future of the hospice industry.  A special thank you to each member of our Bristol team.