Celebrate Those at the Heart of Caring

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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!

Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii at the Annual Philippine Association of Hawaii CME Conference

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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!

 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Memorial Day honors America ’s fallen heroes and celebrates their sacrifice so they are never forgotten. Cities throughout the U.S. celebrate those who have bravely served our country. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country.

Hospice-Veteran Partnerships (HVP) are coalitions of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, community hospices and others working together to ensure that excellent care at the end of life is available for our nation’s Veterans and their families.

Bristol Hospice’s 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. We proudly support our Veterans by being a Hospice Partner and receiving certification through the We Honor Veterans program. We Honor Veterans a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) invites hospices to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment.

By becoming a We Honor Veteran Partner, our staff is better prepared to:

There are four levels of certification in the program. Bristol Hospice programs are proud to have achieved the following We Honor Veterans certification levels:

  • Level 1 Certification (Provide Veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers, and identify patients with military experience): Bristol Hospice~Stockton; Bristol Hospice~Pathways; Judith Karman Bristol Hospice
  • Level 3 Certification (Develop and strengthen relationships with VA medical centers and other Veteran organizations): Bristol Hospice~Texas; Bristol Hospice~Georgia; Bristol Hospice~Oregon
  • Level 4 (The highest level of certification. Increase access and improve quality of care for Veterans in your community): Bristol Hospice~California; Bristol Hospice~Hawaii, Bristol Hospice~Sacramento; Bristol Hospice~Utah

We are proud to honor our Veterans and support increasing access to quality care. Our locations are available for admissions during the holiday weekend and offer the following:

  • Special care of Veterans
  • Pinning ceremonies attendance
  • Providing flags to each Veteran

Learn more about our program and how we support locally, please contact us.

The Bristol Hospice Team Reports for (Kitchen) Duty.

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On May 23, Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii was honored to have served those who have proudly served our country…breakfast, that is! Our team flipped pancakes and served up a delicious Hawaiian themed breakfast to Veterans and their family members and staying at Tripler Army Medical Center Fisher House in Honolulu.

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Part of the larger network of Fisher Houses across the globe, military and Veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Learn more at www.fisherhouse.org.

 

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Fore! A Great Cause.

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Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii was proud to support the Palolo Chinese Home (PCH) by being a Tee Sponsor for the 26th Annual PCH Dynasty Invitational Golf Tournament on Friday, May 13.

Alton Fujio, Community Liaison and Eddie Belluomini, Clinical Supervisor for Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii teed it up and played a great round in the tournament.

PCH’s mission is to assist and care for elders and their families by providing a continuum of care, which is professional and interdisciplinary, in a culturally sensitive family setting. Learn more.

Bristol Hospice Honors Our Nursing Home & Care Center Partners

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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!

Celebrating National Nurses Week

 

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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!

Bristol Hospice is Proud to Support NHPCO and NHF!

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The Bristol Hospice team from across the U.S. is attending NHPCO’s 31st Management and Leadership Conference this week, in Washington, D.C.

We look forward to connecting with our colleagues during this full week of activities that will continue to spark the Bristol Hospice team with innovative ideas, strategies and tools to lead with great vision and creativity as we continue to transform hospice and palliative care for the future.

Also, we are proud to support the National Hospice Foundation as a Tanzanite Sponsor for this year’s Gala. During the Gala, Bristol Hospice will join industry leaders in honoring Don Schumacher, as he retires from his position at NHPCO at the end of 2016 and raise funds to support Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice national engagement campaign.

We are looking forward to connecting!

National Volunteer Week

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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.