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.
Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii is pleased to participate during the Convoy of Hope Oahu Community Event at the Richardson Field near the Aloha Stadium, this Saturday, July 16. Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii Medical Director, Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes, along with other physicians from across the state, will be volunteering during this event.
The Convoy of Hope Oahu event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and more. Learn more about the event and the organization.
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.
Today we celebrate America. Thank you to those currently protecting our freedom and the veterans who have proudly served.
On Thursday, June 16, Castle Medical Center held a special fundraiser to “Light Up a Life” in honor of loved those who have gone before us. All funds raised for this event support the Castle Medical Center’s Palliative Care unit, allowing to better meet the health care needs of the Windward O‘ahu community.
Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii is proud to have donated to this cause, and as such, a lantern will hang at the entrance of the hospital entrance for two weeks with a special note dedicating the lantern to “The Patients and Family of Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii.”
Here are some photos from that event.
Through our compassionate presence we greet each other in our journey of life and honor the spirit within. This is the philosophy of Namaste.
At Bristol Hospice, all Namaste care is tailored to the individual being served and is designed to improve the quality of life for people who are suffering from the advanced stages of disease. Namaste care focuses on the five senses of the body. Through our compassionate presence, gentle touch, soothing and uplifting music, therapeutic essential oils, companionship, and nourishment, we connect with the sixth sense – the spirit.
Learn more about our Namaste Program, click here or contact us.
June 9 – 16 is the 39th Annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week, celebrating the vital supporting role Nursing Assistants play in the delivery of quality care. It is reported that each day, more than 4.5 million caregivers provide hands-on care to our nation’s frail, elderly, or chronically challenged citizens. Visit cna-network.org to find out how you can thank Nursing Assistants this week.
This week especially, Bristol Hospice would like to commend all of the CNAs who provide comfort, care and support of those receiving hospice services. Thank you for all you do for Bristol Hospice’s patients and families. You are at the heart of caring!
The Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii team is pleased to support Camp Ànuenue, an unforgettable week where children with cancer, ages 7 – 18, get together and enjoy life. On June 7, our team prepared a delicious meal, dressed up as waiters, took the kids’ orders and served all with a brilliant smile! To create a memorable day, Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii teamed up with members from the Men’s Leadership of Hawaii and other volunteers to create an atmosphere of fun as the children play games, win tokens and exchange their winnings for game prizes (such as skateboards, books, puzzles, iPod, etc.).
Ànuenue, rainbow in Hawaiian, is a brilliant, colorful promise of hope—one that daily graces Hawaii skies. Camp Ānuenue has the same purpose—giving hope and the will to survive to children with cancer. We are thrilled to be a small part of helping to make this year’s Camp Ànuenue a success. Learn more at www.campmokuleia.com/programs/camp-anuenue.
June is National Safety Month, reminding us of the importance of being prepared, educated and understand the leading causes of preventable injuries. Visit NSC.org to learn more.
As caregivers, it is important to be on the watch for unforeseen hazards around the home. Consider the following:
1. Safe Disposal of Medications: Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, especially when receiving hospice services. When they are no longer needed, it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Consider safely disposing of medications through drug take-back programs, mail-back programs or collection receptacles. Visit the DEA’s website for more information about drug disposal, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events and to locate a DEA-authorized collector in your area. You may also call the DEA Office of Diversion Control’s Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 to find an authorized collector in your community.
2. Prevent Falls: The CDC reports that each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. To prevent falls, consider the following:
- Remove things you can trip over from stairs and places where you walk.
- Install handrails and lights on all staircases and grab bars in bathrooms.
- Remove or secure small throw rugs.
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
- Improve the lighting in your home.
3. Be Emergency Ready: The best way to be ready for the possibility of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreak is to have a plan. You can take steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and cope if an emergency happens. The CDC recommends it is important to know how you will contact family members and friends and understand the special steps you will take in different types of emergency situations. Click here to view information from the CDC to help you be prepared!
Bristol Hospice-Hawaii is proud to be a sponsor and exhibitor for the Annual Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii CME Conference, May 28 – 29. The focus for this CME is “Overcoming Barriers to Access Care.” In between sessions, Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii will also be meeting with healthcare professionals in between sessions in order to ensure that we can keep up to date on all the latest hospice news and developments. We are looking forward to connecting with leading practitioners this weekend!