Alzheimers Forum 2017 in Washington D.C.

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On March 27th – 29th the Alzheimers Advocacy Forum 2017 was held in Washington D.C.  Our very own Jomel Duldulao, Director of Communications for Bristol Hospice Hawaii, attended and participated in the Forum.
Coming together to make a difference and take action were 1,300 advocates from around the Nation.

Thank you to the leadership of Christine Payne (Executive Director) of the Aloha Chapter Alzheimers Association.  Also thank you to Lee Castonguay and Calvin Hara from Manoa Cottage who also attended and advocated from Hawaii.

The Hawaii team was able to achieve their goal and meet with all the State Senators, Health Policy Representatives and Congress Women.

Jomel Duldulao also had the honor and privilege to represent the great state of Hawaii at The Forum Roll Call of the States at the Alzheimers Forum 2017 in front of 1300 advocates.
Jomel shared a brief history of Hawaii and some of the successes the Aloha Chapter has made at the State Legislature.

Mahalo

A New Years Message from Donna Chung, M.D (Executive Director)

Aloha Kakou,                                                                                                                                                  January 2017

As we bring in the New Year, it is with gratitude and pride that I lead this wonderful group of caring, compassionate folks that we call Bristol Hospice-Hawaii. My roots in Waialua plantation four generations ago, Ivy League education and training, 25 years as an oncologist, and lifetime spiritual journey have brought me to this special place of care.

Our Bristol-Hawaii ohana cares for your loved ones and ohana throughout Oahu. We humbly serve ALL of our communities, from town to Waianae and Ewa Beach, to Aiea, from Windward communities to Waialua, we are there.

What do we do? We bring extraordinary care to the seriously ill and your families, where you live. The world of medical care and of hospice has changed for the better. Hospitals are becoming a place for acute care, that means short time in the

hospital, then go home or nursing facility to recover.

That’s where we come in, with an entire team of nurse, social worker, nurse’s aide, chaplain supervised by medical director bringing care to you. And we care for you and for your family because we are holistic. We care for your physical body, but we include your emotional, spiritual and family needs.

The world of hospice and supportive care is changing. It is care that gives you the best day you can live each day. We care for seriously ill patients, our medical staff can determine whether you qualify for supportive care or for hospice care. Both types of care include your emotional and spiritual care and family. It also includes your medical equipment and medications. You do not give up ANY of your own doctors.

For those that qualify, it is completely covered by Quest, Medicare, or your insurance company.

Our staff is local and speak 14 languages, not counting English and pidgin. Call us at 536-8012- – it is our job to see if you qualify for this specialized home or facility care.

I will write letters from time to time to let you know of our work.

Aloha to you and your ohana this new year,

Donna Chung, M.D.

 

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Spreading Joy and Smiles!

The Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii team was pleased to participate in Avalon Care Centers’ Carnival, in an effort to bring joy and laughter to the care center’s residents. We were happy to provide some of the games and prizes. Most importantly, our team was able to spend time with some of the Bristol Hospice patients and families, and connect with Avalon Care Center staff.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of this fun-filled day for all!

Check out some of the photos from the Carnival below!

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Honoring the Veterans of the Pacific Islands

Recently, the Director of Community Relations for Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii, Jomel Duldulao, was pleased and humbled to attend a memorial service held by the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. This service, which took place at the Community Living Center at Tripler, was held in honor of all the Veterans whom those in attendance had the privilege of knowing & serving.

The motto, Hele Kikahakaha Kakou (to walk steadily and proudly together) was shared during the ceremony. This reinforces the concept of teamwork with each other and especially with the Veteran and family. It reminds us of the special privilege we have been given as partners in the end-of-life care. Thank you for allowing Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii to support your efforts.

Photos from the event:

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Bristol Hospice Thanks you.

 

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At Bristol Hospice ~Hawaii, we are 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. Thank you for the wonderful comments from those we serve.

Here are just a few of the kinds words we receive.

“Everyone that I met and talked to were very comforting, helpful, informative, caring and always available to assist me as needed. Fantastic team. Fantastic service.”

 

Hospice Care. A Model for Quality, Compassionate Care.

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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.

Supporting Convoy of Hope Oahu!

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.

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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.

Honoring Veterans – A Mission to Serve

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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.

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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.

Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii at Camp Ànuenue

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.

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National Safety Month – Are You Prepared?

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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!