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!
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.
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.
“I cannot thank my Bristol team enough for all they did while my dad was dying. I don’t know what I would have done without your support! With Bristol by my side, his journey was made easier and I was comforted. A million thanks.”
~ 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.
Today is National Administrative Professionals Day and Bristol Hospice would like to pay tribute to the Administrative Professionals who help “behind the scenes” as we serve our patients. Thank you for all you do to support our team!
Interested in career as an Administrative Professional? Bristol Hospice can help. Apply now for an opportunity to work for Bristol Hospice.
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!
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
The Bristol Hospice – Portland team recently toured The Bloom Project. They have been giving the gift of fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients in the Portland area since 2013.
It was so wonderful to see volunteers making beautiful bouquets to send out to hospice and palliative care patients to share beauty, giving and joy during their end of life care. Thank you for supporting Bristol Hospice’s patients and families!
Learn more at thebloomproject.org.