The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal.
Every person grieves differently, and typically experience five stages of normal grief. Many do not experience the stages in order. In Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross book, “On Death and Dying” she identified the stages as denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. (source: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.)
Loved ones that are terminally ill or aging appear to go through a final period of withdrawal. Those coping with loss spend different lengths of time working through each step and express each stage with different levels of intensity.
Bristol Hospice is here to support. Our trained volunteers, Chaplains and Bereavement Counselors provide grief counseling and support groups for those who have experienced loss.
Contact us to learn how our experts provide support for those coping with loss and grief.
At Bristol Hospice ~California, 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.
“I am grateful for the help I received from your team and the support I received at this time. I want to thank each and everyone for the good care and, also, the chaplain. They all made it easier at this time for me. Thank you.”
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.
Today we celebrate America. Thank you to those currently protecting our freedom and the veterans who have proudly served.
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!
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!
Hospice care, centers on the patient and family. The goal of the professionals at Bristol Hospice is to empower to make choices regarding care and assistance. The team serves as an advocate, helping to access the information and resources needed during this very challenging time.
“The Bristol Hospice team were always loving, caring, and most importantly, gentle with my sister. They were an excellent support system to me. I could not have done this without them.”
~ A surviving family member
Thank you for the opportunity to serve with the highest level of compassion, respect and quality of care. Contact us to learn more about our services.
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!