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
It is not surprising that most people associate hospice with cancer. In the mid-1970s when hospice came to the U.S., most hospice patients had cancer. Today, more than half of hospice patients in the U.S. have other illnesses for which they are medically eligible for hospice services, such as late-stage heart, lung or kidney disease, and advanced Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. (source: Hospice Foundation of America). Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, VA and most insurance plans cover hospice services.
Hospice is not a place, because Hospice is a plan of care. Patients may receive Hospice services wherever they call home, which may be a private residence or that of a loved one, hospital, assisted living center, or nursing home.
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.”
~Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of modern hospice.
Hospice is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.
Typically, in order to receive hospice services:
- A hospice physician and a second physician (often the individual’s attending physician or specialist) must certify that the patient meets specific medical eligibility criteria;
- The patient’s life expectancy is 6 months or less if the illness, disease or condition
Click here for resources for end-of-life caregiving resources from Hospice Foundation of America. Or for further information from our Hospice experts, contact us.
America’s hospice 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.
Bristol Hospice is proud to be hospice partners the We Honor Veterans program. Developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the We Honor Veterans program aims to invite hospices to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment in the care of veterans.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, the Bristol Hospice staff is better to:
Also, the keepsake book, “One Who Served: A Memorial Tribute to Your Veteran.” is presented as a gift from Bristol Hospice for the family when their Veteran passes away. The book was written to celebrate military service, recognize the family, define the grieving process and provide resources for assistance. Learn more.
The VA provides a full range of benefits to all enrolled Veterans. Click the links below for a broad overview of the benefits administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).
Contact us for more information about how Bristol Hospice delivers services for our Veterans.
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.
“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
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 recognizes that every care center is a small, vibrant world. Care centers are sharing, welcoming communities and an integral part of the delivery of care across the continuum. We are pleased to work with so many wonderful providers across the U.S. as we work together to support residents who are receiving hospice care in the final months and weeks of life in a nursing home or care center.
Hospice is a service, not a place. Hospice care can and does take place in nursing homes with specially trained hospice workers coming to the facility to provide palliative care to terminal residents who have elected, or whose families have elected, hospice care which focuses on end-of-life comfort rather than cure.
The 2016 National Nursing Home Week’s theme is “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart” underscores the bond between staff and those in their care. Staff and residents view each other in the spirit of family. For staff, this reality is often a calling to a special mission and a life’s work. During this special week celebrating our partners, we extend our utmost gratitude for all you do!
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Especially during this year’s National Nurses Week, we would like to extend a special thanks to our nurses as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients and families.
You deserve special recognition for your efforts in being graciously committed to our mission that all patients and families entrusted to our care will be treated with the highest level of compassion, respect and quality of care. You are sincerely appreciated!
Today is National Administrative Professionals Day and Bristol Hospice would like to pay tribute to the Administrative Professionals who help “behind the scenes” as we serve our patients. Thank you for all you do to support our team!
Interested in career as an Administrative Professional? Bristol Hospice can help. Apply now for an opportunity to work for Bristol Hospice.
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.
Throughout March – National Social Work Month, the Bristol Hospice team is celebrating our nation’s more than 600,000 social workers and their contributions. They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live. Thank you for all you do! Learn more at NASW.