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
In observance of Prince Kuhio Day, the Bristol Hospice Hawaii office will be closed on Friday, March 25. If you need immediate assistance, please call 808-536-8012 for clinical support. We are available 24/7 to assist!
Prince Kuhio served in congress for 10 consecutive terms, from 1903 to 1922. The territorial Legislature passed a resolution in 1949, establishing March 26 as a territorial holiday. Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii is proud to honor Prince Kuhio for the legacy he left to all Hawaiians.
Connect with us during 2016 HADONA
Jomel Duldulao and colleague Alton Fujio, Community Liaison, are looking forward to connecting with leaders during the 2016 Annual HADONA Conference on March 11 at the Ko’olau Golf Club. See you there!
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.
he entire Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii team extends a big thank you to all the Social Workers who continue to support and care for our patients and families. We are dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care. Mahalo!
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.