Bright Moments – Volunteer Training

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

Spoken by Greek philosopher Aristotle over 2000 years ago, and still true today.

Here are some of our Bristol Hospice Volunteers learning more about our Bright Moment’s program, and also putting that knowledge to good use in making patient memory boards and then later delivering them. What a beautiful way to bring “Light to Life” for those struggling with the effects of dementia.

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

Bristol Hospice: Serious about Compliance

Last month, the Office of the Inspector General released two new reports following its investigation into hospice care in the U.S. the NHPCO responded to New OIG Reports on Hospice Care with a press release stating that, “NHPCO welcomes the opportunity to shed a light on high quality providers as well as those that fall short in providing appropriate care.”

At Bristol Hospice, compliance forms the backbone of the company and in light of these reports from OIG and NHPCO, we want to take this opportunity to share some of these compliance aspects which we consider makes us one of the “high quality providers”.

View the NHPCO’s OIG Report Response

View “More about Bristol Hospice Compliance”

Connecting with our PAC

Bristol Hospice ~ Sacramento hosted their annual Professional Advisory Committee Luncheon. Over 50 people  from the medical community were in attendance. Professionals learned about the latest trends and received updates regarding new regulations and the future of hospice care in Sacramento. Thank you to all who attended and we value your partnership!IMG_4815
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Bristol Hospice ~ Sacramento and the Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center

Bristol Hospice ~ Sacramento had a wonderful evening at the Del Oro CRC “Around the World” event! Bristol Hospice ~ Sacramento sampled delicious food while bidding on silent auction items. All proceeds go towards the Del Oro CRC to serve caregivers who care for brain-impaired adults and the elderly.

 

Cannot wait for next year!

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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!

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!

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.