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

Celebrating National Case Management Week

“It’s National Case Management week! This year’s ACMA theme, Case Management: Setting New Standards For Care was selected to emphasize the impact professionals in case management make every day. ACMA hopes you will celebrate NCMW 19 and recognize the dedication, compassion and patient care outcomes achieved by case managers in your organization. Across all care settings, case managers are making the difference! ACMA encourages you to use this week to commend your team and recognize the importance of the case management professionals who dedicate their careers to patients and healthcare organizations.” Celebrate your #casemanagementteam during National Case Management Week! #NCMW@TheACMA

Happy Labor Day!

Did you ever wonder what’s behind Labor Day and how it earned its place as a federal holiday? Enjoy a fun read about this by clicking the link below to gain more knowledge about the history, importance and traditions of Labor Day.“National Today” Labor Day 2019 – Everything You Need to Know

2017 Healthcare Association of Hawaii Awards & Scholarship Gala.

The Bristol Hospice Hawaii Team Celebrating and Recognizing all the Awardees at this year’s HAH Gala at Ko’olau Golf Club.
Special congratulations to our very own Dr. Baron Wong (Associate Medical Director) for being awarded the Hawaii Healthcare Hero.
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36646445/health-Care-heroes-dr-baron-wong
Dr. Baron Wong is a Medical Director for Bristol Hospice Hawaii and is committed to providing care for patients with compassion, love, and dignity.
Mahalo Dr. Baron Wong for all that you do for our community and patients.
Congratulations to all the Healthcare Heroes.

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.

 

Dr. Chung

Donna Chung, M.D

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.